Please review the following message from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS regarding the following Class 1 Recall issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling from nationwide distribution specific lots of bulk roasted shelled pistachios and 2,000 lbs., 1,700 lbs., 1,800 lbs. and 1,000 lbs. tote bags of roasted inshell pistachios sold to wholesale customers due to potential contamination with the Salmonella organism.
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.
The Company is asking those firms who received bulk product and have further processed, repackaged, or distributed the affected products to recall those products and contact FDA.
In addition, the company is voluntarily recalling the following retail product: Setton Farms brand roasted salted shelled pistachios in 9 oz. film bags, UPC Code: 034325020252 with 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. Consumers should not consume this product and should return what they may have to the place of purchase for a full refund. Setton has established a toll free number, (888) 228-3717, for consumers to call for further information.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with 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.
This is the first ever pistachio recall for Setton Pistachio, which has been selling pistachios for more than 13 years.Setton Pistachio is committed to quality products and consumer safety, and is taking aggressive action to prevent the need for any future recalls of its products.
No action is required of local health departments at this time for this recall. If any requests for assistance are received from FDA, the Food and Drug Safety Program will contact you. For additional information regarding warnings and recalls, please click on the weblink below.
Note from Bergen County LINCS – Please note the FDA link below. That link will direct you to a searchable database on the current list of recalled products. This list is changing periodically.
Please review the following message from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Class 1 recalls of more peanut butter-containing foods due to their association with the Peanut Corporation of America, which has implicated as the likely source of the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium.
The additional recalls include products from Best Brands Cookie Dough, Lovin Oven Granola Bars, Landies Candies Peanut Butter Filled Chocolates, NutriSystem Peanut Butter Granola Bar, Jimmy's Cookies, Shurfine Ice Cream, GNC Peanut Butter Soft Chews, Chef Jay's Cookies and Bars, Rain Creek Peanut Butter Products, South Bend Chocolate Company Fudge and Chocolates, and Aspen Hills' Peanut Butter Pails.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and FDA recommend that consumers refrain from consuming products containing peanut butter, although individual containers of peanut butter for retail sale have not been implicated in this outbreak.
Since there are so many products with varying lot codes being recalled, and the likelihood of this list being updated frequently, the Food and Drug Safety Program (FDSP) recommends visiting the FDA's webpage of recalled peanut butter products at the following weblink: