Monday, March 30, 2009

Pistachios Cause Salmonella Fear

The FDA is advising us to stop eating all foods containing pistachios because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.

Two cases of gastrointestinal illness have been reported and may be from eating pistachio nuts. Because of the recent outbreak of Salmonella related to peanuts, the largest producer of Pistachios is voluntarily recalling a portion of the 2 million pounds of nuts it has produced since last fall.

California is the second-largest producer of pistachios in the world and Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc ships pistachios to other companies that use the products or repackage them for consumers. Kraft Foods, who produces Back to Nature Nantucket Blend Trail mix detected salmonella through routine product testing. Kraft receives the pistachios from Setton. The grocery store Kroger Co. also recalled bagged pistachios because they receive bulk from Setton.

Setton Pistachio shipped 2000 lb bags to 36 wholesalers across the country since September 1, 2008 and many of those nuts were used in ice cream and baked goods.

Expect to see the recalls intensify over the next few weeks. California public health officials are testing samples now and testing at the plant. The results are pending.


Kellie said...

Thanks for the good info. I know a 99 year old who eats these every day.

Healthnut said...

The only reason we are seeing these salmonella issue is bad farming practices. Farmers are NOT supposed to lay manure at the time of harvest.

The 2 million pound of pistachios that have been recalled will eventually end back on the market. Some may get destroyed, but the majority will just be heated up at high temp and resold back out.

Ever seen those labels, "Must Be Fully Cooked"? In case you are wondering, that's where the recalled meat went.

tracy said...

So........does this mean no pistachio contest?

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