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Monday, April 6, 2009
Gluten-Free Alert: Pistachio Recall
From the FDA Website:

The FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and is voluntarily recalling approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.

The contamination involves multiple strains of Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the pistachios. It is not yet known whether any of the Salmonella strains found in the pistachio products are linked to an outbreak. The FDA is conducting genetic testing of the samples to pursue all links.

FDA will be working closely with the pistachio industry to help it understand the risks Salmonella poses to their product and the importance of taking precautions to keep their product free of contamination. As part of this effort, on April 3, 2009, FDA issued a letter to all known pistachio processors in the U.S. reminding them of their legal responsibility to ensure that the products they are providing are safe for consumption and spelling out many of the good manufacturing practices that must be met by anyone manufacturing, packaging or holding human food in interstate commerce. FDA intends to examine current pistachio industry practices to identify and address practices that may lead to contamination by bacteria, and to issue guidance to the industry that provides additional information about measures that can be taken to prevent Salmonella contamination.

In addition, the Cal-Pure co-op of California Pistachio Growers and the Western Pistachio Association have established a website that lists firms that have informed Cal-Pure co-op of California Pistachio Growers and the Western Pistachio Association that their products do not contain pistachios from Setton. Information on this web site has not been verified by FDA, and FDA is not responsible for its contents:

Be sure to check your gluten-free products containing pistachios today!
Pistachios and other Pistachio Containing Products Recall List

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