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Dekalb Farmer's Market Announces a Recall of Pistachios Because of Possible Health Risk


Prerna Patel
(404) 377-6400


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- April 7, 2009 -- Dekalb Farmers Market announced today that it is voluntarily recalling ROASTED SALTED PISTACHIO WHOLE KERNELS, sold from their retail store located in GA. The pistachios may be part of the recall by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. due to contamination with the Salmonella organism.

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.

DeKalb Farmers Market received bulk shipments of pistachios from Setton Pistachio and repackaged them into clear plastic retail bags with stickers stating World Direct™, California Pistachio Kernel Roasted Salted, UPC 208389. The product was not coded. This product is under recall.

DeKalb Farmers Market is now purchasing pistachios from sources other than Setton Pistachio and additionally labeling the repacked product with stickers stating "A & P Growers". This product is not under recall.

There have been no reports of illnesses to date. Dekalb Farmers Market has informed FDA of its actions and is fully cooperating with the Agency.

Consumers should be advised not to consume the recalled pistachios and return the product to the market for a refund or exchange.

Consumers who have questions can contact the DeKalb Farmer’s Market, at (404) 377-6400, seven days a week, from 9:00am through 9:00 pm (ET).


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