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Resources for Consumers and Industry

Resources for Consumers

 

Resources for Industry

 

On April 19, 2009, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., updated its recall communications, including written notice to its wholesale customers, to make clear that the firm's recall includes certain pistachios from the 2007 crop-year with specific identification codes.  Setton is recalling all lots of roasted, in-shell pistachios and roasted, shelled pistachios produced from nuts harvested in 2008, and some pistachios from the 2007 crop that were processed on the same equipment as the 2008 crop since September 1, 2008. The firm also is recalling raw, shelled pistachios from the 2008 crop (and some from the 2007 crop that were processed on the same equipment as the 2008 crop) that were not roasted prior to retail sale.  Other Setton Pistachio products, including packaged roasted pistachios and bulk roasted pistachios from Setton Pistachio that are labeled “Packed after June 1, 2009,” are not subject to the recall. 

FDA advises wholesalers, retailers, and operators of restaurants and food-service establishments to verify that the pistachios or pistachio-containing products they plan to serve or sell are not among those recalled. If the pistachios or pistachio products are included in the recall, they should not be sold and should be discarded safely. 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you received a letter from your supplier that is dated prior to April 19, 2009 (the date Setton Pistachio sent a clarification to its wholesale customers regarding inclusion of certain 2007 crop-year pistachios in the recall), that letter may not reflect all products included in the recall to date.  Therefore, FDA advises that you contact your supplier immediately to confirm that none of the products you have received contain Setton pistachios that have been recalled.

Wholesalers, retailers, and restaurant/food-service operators may also check FDA's searchable database of recalls (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/pistachiorecall/index.cfm), which is updated daily, for recalled pistachio products. 

As noted above, two industry groups, CAL-PURE and the Western Pistachio Association, offer a web site (www.pistachiorecall.org) that lists firms which have told the groups that their products do not contain the recalled Setton pistachios. (Information on that web site has not been verified by the FDA, and the FDA is not responsible for its contents).

Manufacturers may wish to inform customers and consumers about which of their products do not contain the recalled pistachios and pistachio products. 

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