Pecan suppliers across the United States can't be very happy with General Mills these days. On July 8th, the company announced a limited recall of certain lots of Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters, due to the possibility that pecans used in the Nut Clusters might be "... tainted with Salmonella."
In making this announcement, General Mills chose not to identify the supplier of the suspect pecans. Coming on the heels of major recalls of Salmonella-contaminated peanuts and pistachios earlier this year, General Mills' coyness may have the effect of tainting the reputation of all US pecan suppliers.
One pecan supplier, in particular, seems to think so. Two days after General Mills announced its product recall, Farmers Investment Co., the owner of Green Valley Pecan Co., notified the media that its pecans were NOT involved in the General Mills recall in any way. Surprisingly, other pecan suppliers have not bothered to make similar announcements. Nor has the National Pecan Shellers Association spoken up in defense of its members.
FDA also has been silent on this issue. It would be nice to have answers from General Mills and from FDA to the following questions.
- Who supplied the "suspect" pecans to General Mills?
- How and when were the pecans found to be Salmonella-positive?
- Who else purchased pecans from the mystery supplier during the same time period as General Mills?
- What is FDA doing to follow up on this potential health hazard?
We're all ears!