Here We Go Again? Salmonella in 1,000,000 Lbs. of Pistachios

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Is the massive peanut recall (still ongoing) replaying itself, this time with pistachios?

Could be.

Last night, the FDA issued a consumer alert, warning consumers that

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 will issue a voluntary recall involving 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.

Read the full alert..

The first incident was reported last week by Kraft, whose Back To Nature Trail Mix was found to contain salmonella.

This is just another example of how one processing plant selling tainted raw materials to hundreds of manufacturers  can create a huge mess for consumers, supermarkets, and the manufacturers themselves. Not to mention hospitalizations and even death.

Until an overhaul of the US food safety system is enacted, we will continue to see these massive recalls.

What to do at the supermarket:

The US manufactures about 136 million metric tons of pistachios a year, so the amount recalled (500,000 metric tons) is less than half a percent.

Do you want to take a chance?

Stay away from pistachio products for now. It may take weeks or even months for all manufacturers to “voluntarily recall” tainted products.

Update: The voluntary recall by Setton Pistachio has just been announced by the FDA.

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