Only a short time after massive recalls of peanut products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a pistachio recall March 30 affecting 1 million pounds of the nuts. The problem with salmonella contamination in pistachios distributed by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. came to light when Kraft Foods discovered that its Back to Nature Trail Mix containing Setton pistachios was contaminated with salmonella on March 24. Kraft traced the contamination to Setton and notified the FDA. The pistachio nut salmonella contamination is unrelated to the peanut contamination that caused the earlier recalls.
Several reports of sickened consumers may be associated with the consumption of the Setton pistachios subject to recall but the link has not been definitively established, according to the FDA.
The Setton pistachio recall is one of several recalls this month involving pistachio nuts.
Details of Setton Pistachio Nut Recall
Setton is recalling 1,000, 1,700, 1,800, and 2,000 pound bags of roasted inshell pistachio nuts sold to wholesalers as well as one product sold directly to consumers: Setton Farms roasted, salted shelled pistachio nuts in film bags with UPC 034325020252 and a “Best Before” date between 01/06/10 and 01/19/10. This product was distributed in the following states: SC, GA, FL, NC, VA, TN, KY. Setton is advising consumers to return the pistachios to the place of purchase for a full refund. For further information, consumers may contact Setton at (888) 228-3717.
Setton Pistachio noted in its recall notice that this is the first recall of its products in its 13 year history.
Georgia Nut Co. Pistachio Nut Recall
The Georgia Nut Company issued its own pistachio recall over potential salmonella contamination as a result of internal quality monitoring on March 25, and is urging customers with recalled pistachios to return them for a refund or replacement by contacting Georgia Nut Company at 800-914-4110. The pistachio products recalled by Georgia Nut Company include Bulk Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at the Not Just Nuts store in Wauwatosa, WI from Dec. 5, 2008 through March 24, 2009; bulk or custom packaged Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at Georgia Nut retail stores in Skokie and Glenview, IL, Georgia Nut’s Chocolate House location in Greenfield, WI, and through the Company’s website from Dec 11, 2008 through March 23, 2009; bulk or custom packaged Dry Roasted Shelled Pistachios purchased at Georgia Nut retail stores in Skokie and Glenview, IL, Georgia Nut’s Chocolate House location in Greenfield, WI, and through the Company’s website from Dec 3, 2008 through March 23, 2009; and Mixed Nuts Deluxe Roasted and Salted Bulk with shelled pistachios purchased from clear plastic bulk bins in the produce department at Dominick’s Finer Foods stores in the greater Chicagoland area from Dec. 10, 2008 through March 25, 2009.
Back to Nature Brand Nantucket Blend Trail Mix Recall for Potential Pistachio Nut Contamination
Back to Nature Brand is also recalling its Nantucket Blend Trail Mix containing shelled pistachios for possible salmonella contamination. The pistachio recall of Nantucket Blend Trail Mix products affects the 28 oz. and 10 oz. bags. The 28 oz bags of recalled pistachios bear the UPC 59283-00020 and a “best by” date between 08 20 09 and 12 12 09, while the 10 oz. bags bear the UPC 59283-31039 and a “best by” date between 11 04 09 and 12 12 09.
Kroger Pistachio Nut Recall
On March 27, Kroger announced a recall of its private selection shelled pistachio nuts sold in 10 oz. containers. The recalled pistachios bear a UPC of 11110 73615 and a sell by date of DEC-13-09 and DEC-14-09.
These pistachio nuts, also recalled due to salmonella concerns, were sold in various stores operated by the Kroger Co. in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. The stores include: Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, Dillons, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., Jay C, Scott’s, Owen’s, Baker’s, Gerbes, Hilander and Pay Less.
Kroger customers are advised to return the recalled pistachios to the store where they were purchased for a refund or replacement.
The pistachio recalls are not related to the peanut product recalls earlier this year.
Sources: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW01982.html; http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/georgianut03_09.html; http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/backtonature03_09.html; http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/kroger03_09.html; http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/setton03_09.html.