BJ’s Wholesale Club is voluntarily recalling Citterio Mortadella and deli meats sold from January 20 through February 3, 2016 because the first product may contain pistachios, a tree nut, that is not declared on the package. The other meats are being recalled because they may have some into contact with the same equipment used on the Citterio Mortadella. Some allergies can be so severe that this type of minimal contact can cause a reaction.
Deli cheeses are sliced on separate equipment and are not subject to this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products.
The recalled deli meats were sold at BJ’s locations in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site. They include hams, turkey breast, chicken, roast beef, bologna, mortadella, hard salami, prosciutto, and other meats.
If you are not allergic to pistachio nuts, or tree nuts, these products are safe to eat. If you are allergic to pistachios, discard these products or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.