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NUTS ON CLARK Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Roasted and Salted in Shell California Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk


Estelle Kenney


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Chicago,lL -- April 14, 2009 -- "NUTS ON CLARK" announced today that it has voluntarily recalled and discontinued selling since April 6, 2009, all batches of California Pistachios as a precautionary measure because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product is in 1/3 lb. clear plastic bags of California Pistachios Salted, in shell or 3/4 lb. clear plastic tubs.

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 (Le., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

The products were distributed Nationwide and sold through "NUTS AND CLARK" located in Chicago, IL and the "NUTS ON CLARK" website, (where only 3/4 lb. containers are sent.)

"NUTS ON CLARK" initiated this voluntary recall on April 6, 2009, by removing all pistachios obtained from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. that had potential contamination with the Salmonella organism. There have been no cases of Salmonellosis reported to date in connection with this product. "NUTS ON CLARK" removed all suspected pistachios for sale, as a precaution as soon as the various media publicly reported the problem. After all pistachios were removed, "NUTS ON CLARK" contacted Setton Farms about the possibility of contamination. Setton Farms confirmed that all pistachios from the 2008 crop had possibly been contaminated.

Consumers who have purchased bags or containers of "NUTS ON CLARK" California Pistachios are urged to return them to the store for a refund or exchange.

Customers with questions maycontact "NUTS ON CLARK" at 773-549-6622.


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