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Chukar Cherry Company Announces Nationwide Recall of Products Containing Pistachios Because of Possible Health Risks

 

Contact:
Holly Oten
(800) 624-9544

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Prosser, WA (April 2, 2009) – Chukar Cherry Co. of Prosser, WA announced today that it is voluntarily recalling from nationwide distribution specific "best before" dates of Chukar brand and Norm Thompson brand packaged products containing pistachios from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. sold directly to consumers or resellers due to potential contamination with the Salmonella organism. Chukar Cherry Co. has received no reports of illness related to their products containing pistachios; the company is issuing this recall as a precaution. This potential contamination is not related to the recent peanut/peanut butter recalls.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

This voluntary recall affects products containing shelled, roasted pistachios shipped on or after October 27, 2008. The packaged products were distributed throughout the United States via various retail outlets and gift shops as well as Chukar retail stores, mail order catalog, and internet store. Product was also sold in bulk in western Washington at REI, Ballard Market, Town & Country Market, and Central Market; in greater Chicago, IL and Troy, MI area Whole Foods; at Good Earth Natural Foods in Spearfish, SD and at Neuchatel Chocolates in New York, NY.

The affected products below may have been sold individually or as part of a gift basket:

UPC 

Description 

Size 

Best By Dates 

0 11261 08604 7Triple Cherry Nut

16 oz tin

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 08607 8Berry & Pistachio

16 oz tin

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 08618 4Nuts Over Bings Mix

16 oz tin

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 08837 9Cherry Chocolate Nut Mix

20 oz tin

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 08843 0Triple Cherry Nut

20 oz tin

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 08845 4Cherry & Pistachio Mix

20 oz tin

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 08945 1Berry & Nut

20 oz tin

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 11202 9Dark Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Nut 100% Natural Energy Mix

2 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 14102 9No Sugar Added

2 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
 Nuts Over Bings 100% Natural Energy Mix

 

 
0 11261 14702 1No Sugar Added Triple Cherry Nut 100% Natural Energy Mix

2 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 14802 8Dried Fruit & Nuts Berry & Pistachio 100% Natural Energy Mix

2 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 14803 5Cherry, Cranberry, Roasted Nuts Berry & Pistachio

3 oz film box

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 21208 8Dark Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Nut 100% Natural Energy Mix

8 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 24108 8No Sugar Added Triple Cherry Nut 100% Natural Energy Mix

8 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 24208 5No Sugar Added Cherry & Pistachio 100% Natural Energy Mix

8 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 24808 7Dried Fruit & Nuts Berry & Pistachio 100% Natural Energy Mix

8 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
0 11261 25008 0No Sugar Added Nuts Over Bings All Natural Mix. No Sugar Added

8 oz film bag

122009 thru 042010
16013 - NCLRNorm Thompson - Nuts Over Cherries

14 oz tin

December 2009
0 11261 94110 0Pacific Northwest Triple Cherry Nut

5 lb ziplock bag

112009 thru 032010
0 11261 94810 9Cherry, Cranberry, Roasted Nuts Berry & Pistachio

5 lb ziplock bag

112009 thru 032010

Consumers should not consume these products and should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Please visit www.chukar.com/recall or call toll free (800) 624-9544 8am-5pm PST Monday-Friday for further information. No other code dates, package sizes or Chukar products are impacted.

This is the first ever recall for Chukar Cherry Company. Chukar Cherry Company has been selling fruit and nut energy snacks containing pistachios for over 20 years. Chukar Cherry Company is committed to quality products and consumer safety and is taking aggressive action to prevent the need for any future recalls of its products.

 

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