On March 30, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. (California) announced a nationwide recall of over 1 million pounds of pistachios due to a possible salmonella outbreak. Per the companies press release “This voluntary recall affects certain bulk roasted inshell and roasted shelled pistachios shipped on or after September 1, 2008. The bulk product was distributed throughout the United States. The Company is voluntarily taking this precautionary measure after learning that a small amount of roasted shelled pistachios processed by Setton Pistachio and received by a commercial customer in late 2008 recently tested positive for Salmonella. This voluntary recall is not in any way related to the recent recalls associated with peanuts or peanut butter.”
Our food research team has contacted all of our pistachio vendors and have been assured at this time that all of our pistachio products, bulk or processed, have been tested as safe. We will continue to monitor the recall and update you if any Native Sun products are pulled for possible contamination.
In the meantime, please be aware that companies such as Kraft and Planters have already begun a voluntary recall of some products in mainstream stores. For the most recent updates on recalled products you can visit the FDAs pistachio recall page.
We recommend that you take extreme caution when eating pistachios (or even better, refrain from consuming pistachios) until all investigation’s are done and that you become familiar with the symptoms and effects of Salmonella just in case:
– Young children, elderly or others with weakened immune systems can incur serious and sometimes fatal infections.
– Healthy persons infected often experience fever, diarrhea (may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
– In rare circumstances, infections from Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.