FDA Discovers Salmonella in Pistachio Nuts
March 31, 2009
On March 30, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) advised consumers to avoid eating all pistachio products following a voluntary recall of more than 2 million pounds of roasted pistachio nuts from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. (“Setton”), a California based pistachio processor. The plant is the nation’s second largest pistachio processor and is thought to have shipped pistachios nationwide that are possibly contaminated with salmonella. Last week, the pistachio plant shut down its operation after discovering that four different strains of salmonella were identified on roasted pistachios shipped nationwide for processing. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
This advisory is in addition to the nationwide peanut recall over the past several months.
Additional Pistachio Recalls are Expected
The FDA announced that two illnesses have been reported by consumers, which may be linked to the contaminated pistachios. Now that the recall of shelled pistachios and trail mix is underway, more pistachio products are expected to be recalled. Setton packaged shelled pistachios in bulk containers, some weighing close to 2,000 pounds and were distributed to about 35 wholesalers nationwide. Additional pistachio products are expected to be recalled because the pistachio nuts have been repackaged into consumer-level containers.
FDA Advises against Consumption of all Pistachio Products while Investigation is Underway
Although the pistachio recall is not related to the recent salmonella outbreak caused by Peanut Corporation of America’s peanuts, which has since resulted in several deaths and numerous illnesses, the FDA is asking consumers to avoid all pistachio products because there is no way to know whether the pistachios are contaminated until authorities check the supply chain. For those who have already purchased roasted pistachios, the FDA is advising consumers to hold on to those products until the investigation is concluded. The California Department of Public Heath and the FDA are now conducting a joint investigation of Setton’s facilities.
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