FDA recalls contaminated pistachiosPosted on May 02, 2009
Attorney Ronald E. Johnson of Schachter & Hendy concentrates on legal issues regarding defective The Federal Food and Drug Administration and the California Department of Public Health announced a recall of pistachios sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, California, because of salmonella contamination.
According to the FDA website the company is issuing a voluntary recall of approximately 1 million pounds of pistachios and all distribution has been dropped. The pistachios have been used in a variety of foods.
The FDA first learned of the problem when it was informed by Kraft Foods that its Back To Nature Trail Mix was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Kraft identified the source of the contamination to be pistachios from Setton and conducted a recall.
The multiple strains of salmonella detected in the pistachios can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the contaminated pistachios. It is not yet known whether any of the Salmonella strains found in the pistachio products are linked to an outbreak. The FDA is conducting genetic testing of the samples to pursue all links.
FDA will provide a searchable database of affected products at http://www.fda.gov/pistachios/ and will continue to update the public.
In the interest of providing more information to consumers, FDA included a pathway on its Web site (http://www.fda.gov/pistachios/default.htm)
to an industry Web site listing pistachio products that firms have stated were not from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. The Web site offers another tool to help consumers determine if pistachios and pistachio products they have at home are from Setton Pistachio. And, in a recent letter to pistachio processors, the FDA reminded processors of their legal responsibility to ensure that the products they are providing are safe for consumers.