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FDA Issues Warning Against Pistachios

Pistachios: Salmonella's Latest Victim

Last night — only two months after a colossal peanut scare that led to a recall of more than 3,800 peanut products — the FDA recalled two million pounds of pistachios that have been distributed nationwide due to risk of a salmonella outbreak.

The new contamination concerns, which are not tied to the peanut products, were traced to pistachios grown by Setton Farms of Terra Bella, CA. One of Setton Farms' customers, Kraft Foods, alerted the FDA of its findings on March 24 after it discovered several strains of salmonella during routine analysis of its pistachio products. Packaged foods containing traces of the pistachios — from ice cream to boxed cakes to trail mix — have been pulled from shelves.Although so far there have been no reported illnesses and only a couple of consumer complaints, the FDA is advising customers to avoid eating pistachios until it confirms more details of the outbreak. Pistachio growers are not happy: "We hope the FDA comes out with a more refined statement about which pistachios to avoid. The vast majority of pistachios are not tainted," said Richard Matoian, executive director of California's Western Pistachio Association.

Considering President Obama just vowed to strengthen America's food safety system, I hope this issue gets addressed immediately. Until then, I plan to avoid nuts for the time being. What about you? Are you surprised to hear about another nut recall so soon?


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moggy moggy 8 years
Only one processor was involved with the recall; most pistachios are safe. A new site,, lists processors not involved with the recall, as well as specific safe pistachio products and brands.
gaucholoco gaucholoco 8 years
I get my nuts from the farmers market so I'm not going to stop eating pistachios.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Uh oh. Like the nut industry needs another jab. :\ I love pistachios. Hopefully this is taken care of soon, but in the mean time, I'll carefully select my nuts from local farmers...
almae825 almae825 8 years
Of course the first time I've eaten pistachios in at least six months was YESTERDAY! Hopefully Trader Joe's brand is safe--I guess I'll know if I start puking in class.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I love pistachios! Hmmm, I might risk salmonella for them! Just kidding!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
How on earth did this happen, are they harvested from the ground? did someone take a dump in the collection bin?
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I agree, tlsgirl. I hope nothing happens to almonds or walnuts. I love those!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Seriously!?!?! How effing hard can it be to just keep food from making people violently ill? It's not rocket science.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I was about to buy some of these today :( Guess not.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I love pistachios. this is sad. :(
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
One of my fav nuts!!!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
In the words of Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, "Nuts!"
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 8 years
I guess we should just grow our own food so we don't have to worry about the clearly sub-par standards of the agriculture industry. Wouldn't that be convenient? Psych.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
HMMMM. I had actually bought some pistachio pudding mix about 2 months ago and felt sick afterwards, but I thought it was just too sweet for me and vowed never to eat pistachio pudding ever again. I WONDER...
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
The fact that I don't eat nuts is a wonderful thing these days.
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