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.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:11 PM