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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:

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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