ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota officials say recent cases of E. coli infection in three states are linked to eating in-shell hazelnuts, also known as filberts.
The filberts were purchased from bulk bins at grocery stores. Three cases have been identified in Minnesota, three in Wisconsin and one in Michigan.
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Routine monitoring by health departments in the three states identified E. coli cases with the same DNA fingerprint.
Agriculture agencies have traced the hazelnuts to a distributor in California. The company has recalled all hazelnut and mixed nut products distributed from Nov. 2 to Dec. 22, 2010.
Officials urge consumers not eat any in-shell hazelnuts included in the recall.
Symptoms of E. coli illness include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea.
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