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Kar Nut Products Conducts Nationwide Recall of Pistachio Products Because of Possible Risk to Health


Jeff Caponigro
(248) 355-3200 ext-204


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- MADISON HEIGHTS, MI (April 1, 2009) – The Kar Nut Products Company announced today a voluntary recall of Kar’s and Second Nature products containing pistachio nuts that may have the potential to be contaminated with the Salmonella organism. This possible contamination is not connected with the recent outbreak associated with peanuts or peanut butter.

The company is recalling all its products containing pistachios supplied by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. after September 1, 2008. Setton Pistachio issued a recall late in the day on 03/30/09.

There have been no cases of Salmonellosis reported to date in connection with these products and the company is issuing this recall as a precautionary measure.

This recall covers only Kar’s and Second Nature products that contain pistachios. No other Kar’s or Second Nature products are affected by this recall.

The recalled products are sold in retail stores nationwide.



UPC Code

Best By Dates

Kar’s Pistachios1.5 oz. bag77034 0122910 09 09 to 03 16 10
Kar’s Pistachios2.25 oz. bag77034 0133112 11 09 to 03 23 10
Kar’s Pistachios2.5 oz. bag77034 0133010 19 09 to 12 10 09
Kar’s Pistachios4.0 oz. bag77034 0147612 08 09 to 03 18 10
Kar’s Pistachios4.0 oz. bag77034 0185902 18 10 only
Kar’s Pistachios5.0 oz. bag77034 004670 08 09 to 03 17 10
Kar’s Pistachios8.0 oz. bag77034 0164210 21 09 to 03 24 10
Kar’s Pistachios8.0 oz. bag77034 0183610 13 09 to 12 15 09
Kar’s Pistachios10.0 oz. bag77034 0064110 08 09 to 10 22 09
Kar’s Pistachios12.0 oz. bag77034 0855311 22 09 only
Kar’s Pistachios4 lb bag77034 0858412 04 09 only
Kar’s Pistachios7 lb barrel77034 0858211 19 09 to 12 15 09
Second Nature California Medley6 oz. bag77034 0110301 12 10 to 03 18 10
Second Nature Sensible Sweetness6 oz. bag77034 0110501 19 10 to 03 18 10


Consumers can find the “best by” date on the front of the package.  Consumers with any of the product being recalled should either discard or return the product to the place of purchase for an exchange or refund. 

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.

Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-527-6887 M- F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT with any questions.

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