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FDA searchable database of recalled pecan products is at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/pistachiorecall/index.cfm and
www.pistachiorecall.org is a list of non-recalled pistachio products.

Some of the products that have been recalled:

  • Nassau Candy Conducts Nationwide Recall Of Various Pistachio Products Due To Potential Health Risk (April 16)
  • Azar Nut Company Announces Voluntary Recall on Raw Pistachios, April 14, 2009.
  • House Of Flavors Recalls Ice Cream Sold In The Northeast U.S. Due To Possible Health Risk Related To Expanded Recall By Setton Pistachio Of Terra Bella, Inc.
  • Bremner Food Group Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of Shurfine, Stop and Shop, Giant And First Choice Brand Roasted And Salted Pistachios. April 13, 2009.
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates Recalls Products Containing Pistachios, April 11, 009.
  • Barnard Nut Company Recall of Pistachio Products Because of Possible Health Risk (April 8)
  • Astor Chocolate Corporation Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Products containing in shell and Shelled Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk (April 7)
  • Ann's House of Nuts Voluntarily Recalls Products Containing Pistachios Associated with Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. National Recall Because of Possible Health Risk (April 2) and April 8.
  • Sendik's Food Markets Expands Voluntary Recall on Pistachios (April 8)
  • The Illinois Nut and Candy Company Recalls Pistachios and Passover Mixed Nuts and Bark Containing Pistachos (April 7) http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/setton04_09.html
  • Setton International Foods, Inc. Issues Precautionary Nationwide Voluntary Recall on Several Lots of Pistachio Kernel Products Because of Possible Health Riskn April 6, 2009.
  • Bulk pistachio products recalled on April 3, 2009 is at /www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/setton04_09.html.

The following health alert is from FDA and the on March 30, 2009.
The FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and will issue a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.
The contamination involves multiple strains of Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the pistachios. It is not yet known whether any of the Salmonella strains found in the pistachio products are linked to an outbreak. The FDA is conducting genetic testing of the samples to pursue all links.
FDA first learned of the problem on March 24, when it was informed by Kraft Foods that its Back To Nature Trail Mix was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Kraft had identified the source of the contamination to be pistachios from Setton and conducted a recall.

The FDA is advising people at this time to avoid eating pistachio products, and that they hold onto those products. The number of products will grow because these pistachio nuts have then been repackaged into consumer-level containers and other products.

The following health alert is from California Department of Public Health on March 27, 2009.
CALIFORNIA Department of Public Health is investigating California supplier of recalled pistachios. Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today announced that state and federal investigators are inspecting a supplier of pistachios linked to a recall of products potentially tainted with Salmonella, a harmful bacteria.
CDPH and federal investigators are examining Setton Farms Terra Bella,CA, as a result of a recall of Kraft Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix manufactured by Georgia Nut Company. Georgia Nut Company also has recalled additional products, including bulk and bagged pistachios. CDPH is in the process of determining whether or not the recalled products were distributed in California.
Additionally, the Kroger Company has voluntarily recalled its Private Selection Shelled Pistachios sold in 10-ounce containers. Stores under the following names in the 31 states, including California, where Kroger operates are included in this recall: Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., Jay C, Scott's, Owen's, Baker's, Gerbes, Hilander and Pay Less. Customers should not consume the Private Selection Shelled Pistachios in 10-ounce containers with a "Sell by" date of DEC-13-09 and DEC-14-09 with the UPC Code of 11110 73615. It is not known if the pistachios recalled by Kroger Company are linked to Setton Farms. A full list of recalled pistachio products is available at www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html. The Kraft-Georgia Nut recalls are the result of salmonella found in roasted pistachios used in the Nantucket Blend trail mix. The roasted pistachios were supplied by Setton Farms. Setton Farms is initiating a recall of three lots of roasted pistachios linked to the positive salmonella results in the trail mix. Investigators are reviewing the firms records, processing practices, and distribution information and are collecting samples for laboratory testing.

FDA searchable database is at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/pistachiorecall/index.cfm

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