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Pistachios from California plant recalled due to salmonella

by: DarrellNC

Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 06:00:47 AM PDT

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Got any pistachios at home?  Don't eat them--but don't throw them away either.  The FDA is issuing this advisory after a Central Valley plant issued a recall.

A California food processing plant is voluntarily recalling up to 1 million pounds of roasted pistachio products that may have been contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

The nuts came from Setton Farms in Terra Bella, California, about 75 miles south of Fresno. They were largely distributed in 2,000-pound containers to food wholesalers who would then package them for resale or incorporate them as ingredients in other products, such as ice cream and trail mix.

Unlike the Peanut Corporation of America affair, an outbreak didn't trigger this recall.  Rather, the recall came after Kraft found strains of salmonella during routine testing.

This could have a massive ripple effect--Setton is the second-biggest pistachio processor in the nation.

DarrellNC :: Pistachios from California plant recalled due to salmonella
The FDA says this is directly related to a recall issued by Kroger on Friday, when it yanked several cans of private-label pistachios due to salmonella.

As I mentioned earlier, the FDA wants consumers not to eat any pistachio products for now.  But if you have any on hand, don't throw them out--more recalls could come later, and keeping them on hand will make it easier to trace the contamination.

The FDA is setting up a searchable database of affected products--but it isn't up yet as of 8:45 am Eastern.

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Are these types of incidents becoming (4.00 / 1)

more common overall? Like on a long-term basis?  It sure feels like it to me because this past year or so I remember quite a few. We had a big one up here in Canada with listeria that killed about half a dozen people. I do remember different outbreaks throughout my life but it seems like lately it's happening more.  Is it an annomolly, perception bias or is there some sort of trend here?  

I think it's a trend (0.00 / 0)
but I also think that due to better reporting of these things now it might also be perception too?

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Yeah there's that too. (4.00 / 1)

 It could also be that since suppliers have become so huge and in some areas are basically monopolies that an incident that might just be have been small in the past ends up being more widespread.  

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Gotta watch out for pepper now also: (4.00 / 1)

SACRAMENTO - Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today announced that consumers should avoid eating spices manufactured by Union International Food Company.

White and black pepper products from the company's Union City facility in the Bay Area have been associated with an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 42 people in four states, including 33 in California. No deaths have been reported. The illnesses among California residents have occurred in 15 counties in Central and Northern California, and the latest known onset of illness is March 13, 2009.

A high proportion of those who have become sick had eaten at Asian restaurants which were found by environmental health specialists to be using black and/or white pepper purchased from Union International Food Company.

I just got this one (0.00 / 0)
in my email on the same topic:

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Had to forgo some great pistachia bread (0.00 / 0)
Well, we have to call the bakery to see if they used recalled pistachios.  Goddamnit!

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you know (4.00 / 1)
this is not a good article to read as you're eating a bowl of pistachios.  


At least TJ's wasn't on the recall list.  As I'm about halfway through the bag I bought last week, I think i'm safe.

but geez.

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