Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pistachio newest nut to avoid

I don't know about you but I haven't had a peanut in a while now. I just can't bring myself to do it. I can't get past the idea of dying because I had a snack.

In case you've somehow missed it, peanuts have been on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recall list after a salmonella outbreak in a PCA (Peanut Corp. of America) plant out of Georgia. The outbreak is still an issue and products are still being added to the list (you can find an up-to-date list at the bottom of this page). More than 690 people in 46 states have gotten sick and almost 3,900 products have been recalled.

Now there is a new nut to concern yourself with, the pistachio.

Tuesday Kraft Foods Inc. notified the FDA that it had detected salmonella through routine product testing in roasted pistachios . Kraft and the Georgia Nut Co. recalled their Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix because of those test results.

Friday Kroger Co. (the grocery store chain) recalled bagged pistachios from California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation's second-largest pistachio processor. They voluntarily recalled more than 2 million pounds of its roasted nuts shipped since last fall. Those nuts were sold in 31 states.

A spokesman for the company, Fabia D'Arienzo, said "It will be safe to assume based on the volume that this will be an ingredient in a lot of different products, and that may possibly include things like ice cream and cake mixes. The firm is already turning around trucks in transit to bring those back to the facility."

Salmonella is the most common cause of food-borne illness. It is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever and cramping. While most people recover it can be life threatening for children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.


Sometimes Sophia said...

Kudos for your investigative reporting!! My grandfather loved pistachio nuts and always kept a bag within reach. I loved them, but wasn't crazy about the way they turned my fingers bright red. (I guess this was in the days when only dyed pistachios were available.) Hence, very few end up at my house these days. And, because of you, they will remain in absentia for a while. ;)

Aaydens Mommy said...

Wow, this is getting out of hand! I can't believe it. Pretty scary, too! I like pistachios but I usually only get them around the holidays. I won't be buying any in the near future! Thanks for this post.

Helen said...

Spinach, cantaloupe, peanuts, pistachios....
Oh my!

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