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April 9, 2009

FDA Update on the Pistachio Recall

The FDA's "In the spotlight" focuses on the recent pistachio recall.  The FDA and California Department of Health are continuing their investigation of salmonella contamination in pistachios and pistachio products.  Setton Pistachio, Terra Bella, Calif., is voluntarily expanding its recall of roasted pistachios to include all lots of roasted in-shell pistachios and roasted shelled pistachios that were produced from nuts harvested in 2008.  Setton is also recalling raw shelled pistachios from the 2008 crop that are not subsequently roasted prior to retail sale. The pistachios may be contaminated with Salmonella.  Pistachios are used as ingredients in a variety of foods, so the expanded recall will affect many other products and will lead to other recalls. 

If you're not certain about which products are called, check the FDA's searchable database at http://www.fda.gov/pistachios/.  The FDA will continue to update the database.  It warns consumer to avoid eating pistachios or food products containing them (such as pistachio bakery goods and pistachio ice cream) until they can determine that the products do not contain pistachios recalled by Setton.

MKS

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