UPDATE : Pistachios Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk
A California pistachio processor issued a nationwide voluntary recall of pistachios on Tuesday, March 31, due to potential salmonella contamination..
According to Reuters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California Department of Public Health are investigating the situation Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the pistachios, the FDA said. The recalled nuts were shipped on or after September 1, 2008 by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. in Terra Bella, Calif.
Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, the FDA said the recall is likely to impact many products. It also said the investigation at Setton was ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.
Setton’s current recall involves about 1 million pounds of pistachios, according to the FDA. The FDA recommends that consumers avoid eating pistachio products until further information is available about the scope of affected products.
After learning that a small amount of shelled pistachios that it sold in late 2008 tested positive for salmonella, Setton recalled specific lots of bulk-roasted shelled pistachios and roasted unshelled pistachios in 2,000-, 1,800-, 1,700- and 1,000-lb. bags that were sold to wholesale customers.
Setton is also recalling its Setton Farms brand roasted, salted and shelled pistachios in 9-oz. bags that have a “Best Before” date between January 6 and 19, 2010, that were distributed in seven Southeastern states.
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