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Update on Pistachio Product Recall

FDA has established a searchable database on its website that includes brands of recalled pistachios and pistachio products.  These products may contain Setton Pistachio products that the Setton firm has recalled because of potential Salmonella contamination.

To date, there is no conclusive evidence that links the recalled pistachio products to cases of human illness, although a connection cannot be completely ruled out. The number of new recalls has dropped dramatically, and very few additions are being made to the recall database at this time.  The database is updated daily and is available to anyone: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/pistachiorecall/index.cfm

Actions have been taken to remove the recalled products from the food supply, and FDA's advice to consumers and retailers is to continue to safely dispose of any recalled products they have in their pantries or stockrooms and to avoid the products for which new recalls are being issued. “Safe disposal” means avoiding bare-hand contact with the recalled products, discarding them in a way that will not allow people and pets to retrieve them, and washing items that came in contact with the products, including hands, with warm, soapy water.

Pistachios and pistachio products, such as baked goods and ice cream, that do not contain any of the recalled products from Setton Pistachios are not included in the recall.  In addition, packaged roasted pistachios and bulk roasted pistachios from Setton Pistachio that are labeled “Packed after June 1, 2009” are not included in the recall.

Two industry groups, CAL-PURE and the Western Pistachio Association, offer a web site (www.pistachiorecall.org) that lists firms which have told the two 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).

To protect consumers, the FDA has advised wholesalers, retailers, and operators of restaurants and food-service establishments not to sell or serve pistachios or pistachio-containing products unless it can be determined that they do not contain the recalled Setton products.  

The FDA also is providing the pistachio industry with information about how to reduce the risk of Salmonella contamination and about the health risks of Salmonella contamination.  As part of this effort, on April 3, 2009, the FDA issued a letter to pistachio processors in the United States, reminding them of their legal responsibility to ensure that the products they provide are safe for consumption. The FDA is examining current pistachio-industry practices and preparing guidance to the industry that provides additional information on measures to be taken to prevent Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and other symptoms.  The infection can be serious, and sometimes fatal, in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weak immune systems.

 

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