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Bremner Food Group Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of Shurfine, Stop & Shop, Giant And First Choice Brand Roasted And Salted Pistachios


Scott Monette


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- St. Louis, MO, April 10, 2009 --- Flavor House Products, Inc. and Nutcracker Brands, Inc., both part of the Bremner Food Group, announced a voluntary recall today of several brands of in-shell roasted and salted pistachios and dry roasted pistachio kernels. This recall is a precautionary measure due to the voluntary recall of pistachios announced by the supplier of the pistachios, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., on March 31, 2009. Due to the products’ potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, the specific brands being recalled are as follows:

  • Shurfine, 12 oz. Pistachios – distributed ONLY by Topco Associates Use by dates between: OCT 31 09 to APR 10 10 UPC 11161 16134
  • Stop & Shop, 6 oz. Dry Roasted; Pistachios – distributed by Foodhold USA Sell by dates between: OCT 11 09 to APR 10 11 UPC 688267 08172
  • Giant, 6 oz. Dry Roasted Pistachios – distributed by Foodhold USA Sell by dates between: NOV 05 09 to APR 10 11
  • UPC 688267 08172
  • First Choice, 32 oz. Natural Pistachios – distributed by Inter-American Products at Ralph Stores in California Sell by dates between: FEB 04 10 to APR 10 10 UPC 11110 83162

No other Shurfine, Stop & Shop, Giant or First Choice brand products are involved in this recall.

Salmonella is an organism which 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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov

Bremner has not received any reports of illnesses in connection with the items listed above to date, and no other Bremner products are affected by this action.

These recalled pistachios, supplied by Setton Pistachio, were distributed to Shurfine, Stop & Shop, Giant and First Choice by Bremner. Setton Pistachio has initiated a recall of pistachios for all of its 2008 crop as it continues to investigate the potential for its pistachios to be contaminated by Salmonella. In light of these developments Bremner is undertaking this recall.

Consumers who have recently purchased the item listed above should not consume this product and should return it to the store of purchase for a full refund or replacement. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to discard the pistachios but retain the freshness code and contact Consumer Affairs at (866) 770-1157.


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