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Pistachios Subject of Newest Salmonella Scare

Nipping on the heels of the ongoing peanut butter salmonella outbreak is a new scare in tainted nuts, and this time salty fingers are being pointed at pistachios. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. has recalled more than two million pounds of roasted pistachios shipped since last Fall, just fraction of the 55 million pounds processed by the company last year.

Because the nuts in question were shipped in bulk to wholesalers who repackaged the nuts for consumers, the effects of a pistachio-driven outbreak could be far-reaching. While growers aren't happy about the safety implications, the FDA recommends steering clear of any product containing pistachios until they have more information about the situation. That means avoiding everything from ice cream and cake mixes to trail mix and energy bars.

While eating pistachios is a decidedly delicious way to lower the LDL (bad) levels of cholesterol in your body, rely on other sources for improving heart health like olive oil and your morning oatmeal until there's more detailed news available.


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lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
man. i totally forgot. and i almost had pistachio ice cream. the best!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
But the pistachios only have a chance of making you sick. The cheeseburger we know for certain isn't good for you.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i heard about this last night and it's just scary to think about all the recalls that we've seen over the past few months/years.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
ugh i love pistachios! they're usually my go-to snack because with the shells, it's very mindful eating. you have to take the time to crack them open.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
@tlsgirl---true, unless your meat has campylobacter or E. coli...then it really WILL make you sick. I don't eat many pistachios, so I'm really not too worried about this recall.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
But a bacon cheeseburger, while not exactly healthy, isn't going to cause me to throw up for the next several days. The immediate effects are totally different. Maybe after a lifetime of eating them regularly my cholesterol would go up, but eating one right now wouldn't make me physically ill. Mmmmmbacon.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Not again...
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Everything is bad for you! It's funny how people will go nuts and not eat peanut butter or spinach if there's a salmonella scare, but knowing for certain that a bacon cheeseburger is bad for you doesn't have the same effect.
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