E. Coli Contamination Causes Recall

KEAAU, HI (September 24, 2018) – Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation is voluntarily recalling all of its products produced at the Keaau facility between Sept. 6 – 21, 2018 due to a potential contamination of Escherichia coli (E. coli). The recall was initiated due to E.coli being detected in the well water and distribution system that supplies the firm’s operations. No illnesses related to the water have been reported to the state.

Mauna Loa is voluntarily recalling their products out of an abundance of caution under the advisement of the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH).

E. coli bacteria can exist in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate soil and may persist in soil for a number of years. E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

On Sept. 21, 2018 DOH notified Mauna Loa that a water sample in their distribution system was positive for E. coli. It was thought that a possible reason for contamination was the result of a disinfection system malfunction.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation took immediate action to notify employees and the public within 24 hours of receiving notification from DOH of the possibility of contamination. It was advised that the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Water System consumers and employees NOT drink/consume the water while investigations continued.

Subsequent test samples remained positive for E.coli and the State DOH has advised Mauna Loa to recall its products as an additional safety measure. The firm has been closed since Sept. 21, 2018 and will remain closed until the water clears State DOH drinking water standards. The DOH has been in constant communication with Mauna Loa regarding the issue to ensure all safety standards are being met.

The products, produced between Sept. 6 – 21, 2018, and listed on the following pages are being recalled due to possible contamination with E. coli.

Product Recall Information:

ProductUPCLot#Size
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04003-6NOCNCTK,  NOHCCTK, NONECTK4.5 oz. Roasted Salted Can
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04016-6NOCACTK,  NOCOCTK, NOHNCTK,  NOCRCTK27 oz. Roasted Salted 6 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04031-9NOCACTK, NOCHCTK, NOCOCTK, NOCRCTK, NOCSCTK, NOCTCTK, NOCCCTK,  NOCNCTK.5 oz. Roasted Salted Pouch
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04122-4NOHCCTK13.5 oz. Roasted Salted 3 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04170-5NOCCCTK,  NOCHCTK, NOCNCTK1.15 oz. Roasted Salted Pouch
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04200-9NOCHCTK,  NONECTK10 oz. Roasted Salted Bag
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04201-6NONECTK,  NONSCTK10 oz. Roasted Salted Bag
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamias0-72992-04205-4NOCACTK,  NOHCCTK, NONSCTK10 oz. Honey Roasted Bag
Mauna Loa Maui Onion Garlic Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04210-8NOCNCTK10 oz. Maui Onion Garlic Bag
Mauna Loa Dark Chocolate  Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04350-1NOCRCTK10 oz. Dark Chocolate Bag
Mauna Loa Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel  Macadamia Nuts0-72992-04355-6NOCRCTK10 oz. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamia Nuts0-72992-05320-3NOCOCTK,  NONECTK, NONSCTK4.5 oz. Honey Roasted Can
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamia Nuts0-72992-05321-0NOCSCTK,  NOCOCTK, NOCTCTK27 oz. Honey Roasted 6 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Maui Onion Garlic Macadamia Nuts0-72992-05322-7NOCCCTK4.5 oz. Maui Onion Garlic Can
Mauna Loa Maui Onion Garlic Macadamia Nuts0-72992-05327-2NOCACTK, NOCHCTK, NOCOCTK, NOCRCTK, NOHCCTK,  NOHNCTK.5 oz. Maui Onion Garlic Pouch
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamia Nuts0-72992-05361-6NONECTK,  NONLCTK, NONSCTK1.15 oz. Honey Roasted Pouch
Mauna Loa Chocolate Macadamia Nuts0-72992-05463-7NONECTK,  NONSCTK.6 oz. Milk Chocolate Pouch
Mauna Loa Shortbread Cookies0-72992-05766-9NOCACTK, NOCNCTK, NOCSCTK, NONRCTK, NONSCTK10 oz. Chocolate Dipped Mac Nut Shortbread Cookie Box
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts0-72992-06122-2NOCHCTK13.5 oz. Assorted 3 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts0-72992-06126-0NOCSCTK,  NOCTCTK29 oz. Assorted 3 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts0-72992-34156-0NOCHCTK25 oz. Roasted Salted Bag

The above products were packaged in Keaau, Hawaii and sold only in retail stores in Hawaii. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the products immediately or attempt to return them to the store where purchased.

Mauna Loa is committed to the highest industry standards and is working diligently to determine the cause of the contamination. The facility has multiple safeguards in place to ensure safety and quality and is reviewing its process thoroughly to avoid any future contamination issues. Mauna Loa utilizes the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) management system as one of the ways it addresses food safety. It is also fully compliant with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

If you have any questions, please call 1(844) 344-5444, Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm HST. This is a toll-free number.

News media with specific inquiries should contact, Mia Noguchi via email [email protected] or phone at (808) 551-1649.

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