April 24, 2009

FDA sets up database of recalled pistachio products

By Janice Wade-Miller, Extension Specialist, Pinellas County Extension

At Pinellas County Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences want you to be aware of all potential food hazards so that you can make knowledgeable decisions about the food you buy for yourself and your family. In an effort to keep you informed, we are releasing the following FDA pistachio update. Please follow the FDA’s instructions so that you are not affected by this foodborne illness.
The list of recalled pistachio products associated with a California processing plant where salmonella was found continues to grow. As it did with the ongoing peanut recall, the Food and Drug Administration has set up a searchable database of pistachio products that today features 73 products. That pales in comparison to the 3,878 recalled peanut products. Both recalls are expanding daily.The most recent pistachio recalls were made by Publix, Kroger and Whole Foods supermarkets.The pistachios used in the recalled products were supplied by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., which is recalling pistachios from the 2008 crop year. The FDA is advising consumers not to eat any brand of shelled or unshelled pistachios, or any food products containing pistachios, such as baked goods, trail mix, and other snack foods, until the agency determines the scope of the Setton recall.
The FDA’s ongoing list of recalled pistachio-containing products can be found on the website below.

If you have any questions or concerns on this issue, please call us at 582-2100 and we will do our best to help you.

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