Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today announced that state and federal investigators are inspecting a supplier of pistachios linked to a recall of products potentially tainted with Salmonella, a harmful bacteria.
To date, no illnesses associated with the pistachios have been reported.
CDPH and federal investigators are examining Setton Farms in Terra Bella, which is south of Porterville, as a result of a recall of Kraft Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix manufactured by Georgia Nut Company. Georgia Nut Company also has recalled additional products, including bulk and bagged pistachios. CDPH is in the process of determining whether or not the recalled products were distributed in California.
Additionally, the Kroger Company has voluntarily recalled its Private Selection Shelled Pistachios sold in 10-ounce containers. Stores under the following names in the 31 states, including California, where Kroger operates are included in this recall: 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. Customers should not consume the Private Selection Shelled Pistachios in 10-ounce containers with a “Sell by” date of DEC-13-09 and DEC-14-09 with the UPC Code of 11110 73615.
It is not known if the pistachios recalled by Kroger Company are linked to Setton Farms.
A full list of recalled pistachio products is available at http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html.
The Kraft-Georgia Nut recalls are the result of salmonella found in roasted pistachios used in the Nantucket Blend trail mix. The roasted pistachios were supplied by Setton Farms. Setton Farms is initiating a recall of three lots of roasted pistachios linked to the positive salmonella results in the trail mix.
Investigators are reviewing the firms records, processing practices, and distribution information and are collecting samples for laboratory testing.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly individuals and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (occasionally bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses. Consumers should consult with their physicians if they have these symptoms.
The CDPH Web site will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.