Pistachio Salmonella Recalls ExpandedApr 2, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Recall of Pistachio Products Sue To Salmonella Contamination
The ongoing recall of pistachios and pistachio products due to potential salmonella contamination has been expanded. In its health alert, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said the pistachio contamination involves multiple strains of salmonella.
Most recently, the FDA announced that pistachios made by the nation’s second largest producer—Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc.—may be tainted with salmonella. The California-based company initiated a recall for one million pounds of the nuts. Now, Reuters is reporting that Frito-Lay, a snack division of PepsiCo Inc, recalled unshelled pistachios in 1.75-ounce packages bearing sell-by dates of July 14, 2009 to December 29, 2009. In Canada, Frito-Lay recalled bagged pistachios sold under its Munchies brand with sell-by dates of August 4, 2009 to December 15, 2009, reported Reuters. The United States and Canadian divisions both reported that their pistachios came from Setton Pistachio, said Reuters.
FDA Conducting Genetic Testing
The FDA announced it was conducting genetic testing on samples to determine if the pistachios are linked to a variety of illnesses that were recently reported, said Reuters, which indicated that the following recalls have also been issued:
- John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc: Recalled bulk and small packages of unshelled pistachios sold under its Fisher and Flavor Tree brands exclusively at Whole Foods Market Inc.
- Ciao Bella Gelato: Recalled 3.5-ounce cups of pistachio gelato, which contains Setton’s diced pistachios.
- The Georgia Nut Company: Recalled a variety of its products, including bulk mixed nuts with shelled pistachios. The items have been recalled from several of its stores, as well as from Dominick's Finer Foods stores in the Chicago area. Earlier this week we reported that Georgia Nut recalled some of its pistachio-containing products after lab tests confirmed salmonella in some pistachios
- Grocery chain Kroger Company: Widened the recall of its Private Selection shelled pistachios on Tuesday, adding other "sell by" dates. As of earlier this week, Kroger had recalled pistachios it sold in 31 states. Of significance, Kroger also recalled its 32-ounce jars of "Kroger Lite Mayo" sold in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio because of possible salmonella contamination.
Also as reported last week, Kraft’s subsidiary, the Back to Nature Foods Company, recalled some pistachio-containing products after lab tests confirmed the presence of salmonella in some pistachios. According to the FDA, it became aware of the pistachio problem on March 24 after Kraft informed it that its Back to Nature trail mix was contaminated with salmonella. Kraft identified the contamination source to be pistachios from Setton Pistachio, the FDA said.
According to the FDA, the Setton Pistachio recall involves certain bulk roasted in-shell and roasted shelled pistachios shipped on or after September 1. The FDA is working closely with the pistachio industry and recommends consumers avoid eating pistachio products until further information is available about the scope of affected products. The FDA set up a searchable database on its Website to help consumers track peanut product recalls linked to the ongoing salmonella outbreak that originated with the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and plans to do the same for pistachio product recalls.
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