More than one million pounds of roasted pistachio products have been recalled by a California food processing plant because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The products came from Setton Farms in Terra Bella, California. They were mostly distributed to food wholesalers that repackaged them or incorporated them as ingredients in other products such as trail mix.
To date, no illnesses have been linked to the tainted products, said David Acheson, FDA associate commissioner. But salmonella strains were discovered last week during a routine test by Kraft Foods, one of many companies that use pistachios from Setton Farms.
Acheson emphasized that unlike the recent case of salmonella-tainted peanut butter, this recall was not prompted by an sickness outbreak, saying the decision was a "proactive" move. He said the FDA has received two recent complaints, from the East and West coasts, from people who say they became ill after eating pistachio products, but a link to Setton Farms has not been confirmed, he said.
To be safe, it is best if consumers avoid eating pistachio products for the time being, but they shouldn’t discard them either. More recalls are likely to be addressed and having products that could be turned in would allow for easier tracing of contamination.
The FDA updates a special page dedicated to the tainted pistachios regularly. #