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Expanded Voluntary Recall of Pistachios Due to Salmonella Contamination
Release Date: April 14, 2009

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
Public Health Update
Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
 
Subject: Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. Expands Voluntary Recall of Pistachios Due to Salmonella Contamination
Date: 4/14/2009; 09:57:03
Message#: 101112-4-14-2009-PHUP
Contact Info: Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3123; Email: at2@njlincs.net
Attachments: None
 
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 that it is expanding its voluntarily recall of pistachios to include all roasted shelled pistachios and roasted in-shell pistachios from its 2008 crop due to potential contamination with the Salmonella organism. The Company is also recalling raw shelled pistachios from the 2008 crop that are not subsequently roasted prior to retail sale. The brands packaged for retail sale subject to recall can be found in the table below. The voluntary recall was expanded as a precaution.

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella's raw in-shell pistachio shipments are NOT affected by this recall expansion. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of salmonellosis associated with the Company's products.

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.

On March 30, 2009, the Company announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of bulk roasted shelled pistachios, certain tote bags of roasted in-shell pistachios, and Setton Farms brand roasted salted shelled pistachios in 9 oz. film bags.

The Company is sending recall notices to its commercial customers who received recalled bulk products with instructions for returning or destroying the recalled products and for notifying their customers of the recall. Firms that have further mixed, used as ingredients, repackaged, or distributed the recalled bulk products are being advised to recall those products and contact their local FDA recall coordinator. For retail products, consumers should return them to the place of purchase or destroy them.

The recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Setton Pistachio has established a toll free number, (888) 228-3717, for consumers to call for further information, Monday through Friday 8 am to ¬5 pm EDT.
The following bulk items were distributed to the following states: WA, MA, AL, OH, CA, NY, MI, IL, NJ, TN, GA, IN, AZ, OR, TX, MO, VA, AR, CO, NE, KY, MN, FL, NC, MD, NV, NM, VT and Canada, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, UK, France, Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, Norway, Ukraine and Ecuador.

Product Weight Pack

PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED ASIAN SOY 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED CHILI LEMON 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED GARLIC ONION 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED HICKORY 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED JALAPENO 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS JUMBO/MAMMOTH ROASTED & SALTED (PASSOVER) 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 16/18 US EXTRA #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 18/20 FANCY 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 18/20 US EXTRA #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 21/25 US EXTRA #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 30/32 US #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED ARTIFICALLY OPEN 21/25 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & UNSALTED 16/18 US EXTRA #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & UNSALTED 18/20 US EXTRA #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & UNSALTED 21/25 US EXTRA #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS RED ROASTED & SALTED 21/25 US EXTRA #1 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS SUPER COL.ROASTED & SALTED (PASSOVER) 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS SUPER COL.ROASTED & UNSALTED (PASSOVER) 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS WHOLE KERNELS ROASTED & SALTED 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS WHOLE KERNELS ROASTED & UNSALTED 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS SPLIT KERNELS ROASTED & SALTED 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS SPLIT KERNELS ROASTED & UNSALTED 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS DICED PIECES ROASTED & SALTED 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS SHELLED CAL KERNELS 80% WHOLE 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS RAW SPLIT KERNELS 25 lbs. BULK
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 21/25 US EXTRA #1 2000 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 21/25 US EXTRA #1 1700 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 26/30 US EXTRA #1 1800 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 26/30 US #1 1700 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED ARTIFICALLY OPEN 21/25 2000 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 18/20 US EXTRA #1 1000 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 21/25 US EXTRA #1 1800 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 21/25 US EXTRA #1 1000 lbs. INDUSTRIAL
PISTACHIOS CALIFORNIA KERNELS ROASTED & SALTED 1750 lbs. INDUSTRIAL

The following packaged items were distributed nationwide and to Canada and the Philippines.
These recalled products packaged for retail sale have a "Best Before" date between Sept 03 2009 and Mar 26 2010, with the exception of the flavored pistachios which have a "Best Before" date between Jan 14 2010 and June 17 2010.

Brand Name Product Weight UPC CODE

Delallo PISTACHIOS CALIFORNIA RED ROASTED & SALTED 2 lbs. 7236802747
Delallo PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 2 lbs. 7236802745
Delallo PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED US EXTRA #1 5 lbs. 7236888302
Delallo PISTACHIOS RED ROASTED & SALTED US EXTRA #1 5 lbs. 7236888303
Generic PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED (CLEAR BAG) 16 oz. 034325018266
Kirkland / CostCo PISTACHIOS CALIFORNIA NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 4 lbs. 0966190335
Sam's Choice PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED SAM'S CHOICE 16 oz. 078742227108
Stater Bros PISTACHIOS CALIFORNIA NATURALLYURAL ROASTED & SALTED (JUG) 26 oz. 7417530201
Trader Joe PISTACHIO HABANERO FLAVORED 16 oz. 00445375
Trader Joe PISTACHIOS CHILI LEMON FLAVORED 16 oz. 00445368
Sunset Valley PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED 10 oz. 034325033160
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ASIAN SOY FLAVORED 12 oz. 034325035423
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS CHILI LEMON FLAVORED 14 oz. 034325010581
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS CHILI LEMON FLAVORED 12 oz. 034325035379
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS GARLIC/ONION FLAVORED 14 oz. 034325010598
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS GARLIC/ONION FLAVORED 12 oz. 034325035416
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS HICKORY FLAVORED 14 oz. 034325010727
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS HICKORY FLAVORED 12 oz. 034325035393
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS JALAPENO FLAVORED 14 oz. 034325010567
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS JALAPENO FLAVORED 12 oz. 034325035386
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS CALIFORNIA NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED (CRAFT BAG) 5 lbs. 034325010062
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS CALIFORNIA NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED (CRAFT BAG) 2 lbs. 034325010840
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED (CRAFT BAG) 16 oz. 034325010956
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS CANADIAN BI-LINGUAL ROASTED & SALTED 16 oz. 034325033115
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS CANADIAN BI-LINGUAL CHILI LEMON FLAVORED 14 oz. 034325033122
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS CANADIAN BI-LINGUAL JALAPENO FLAVORED 14 oz. 034325033139
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 3 lbs. 034325010826
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 3 lbs. 034325010741
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED (JUG) 2 lbs. 034325010970
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED (STAND UP BAG) 2 lbs. 034325010420
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 16 oz. 034325010512
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED (PASSOVER) 16 oz. 034325010086
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & UNSALTED 16 oz. 034325010130
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 12 oz. 034325010499
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED (MESH BAG) 16 oz. 034325010673
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS NATURALLY ROASTED & SALTED CHINESE RED BAG 16 oz. 034325010017
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED (PRODUCE TUB) 14 oz. 034325014343
Setton Farms PISTACHIOS ROASTED & SALTED 3 oz. 034325031456

The FDA is advising wholesalers, retailers, and operators of restaurants and food service establishments not to sell or serve any pistachios or pistachio-containing products until the source of the pistachios can be determined. Consumers should not eat pistachios or food products containing them (such as pistachio bakery goods and pistachio ice cream) until they can determine that the products do not contain pistachios recalled by Setton.

Please refer to the list of numerous recalled brands of pistachios and pistachio-containing products, updated regularly on the FDA's webpage at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/pistachiorecall/index.cfm

No action is required of local health departments at this time for this recall, however local health departments should take appropriate enforcement action to remove these recalled products from retail food establishments if encountered during routine inspections. 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.

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For all recalls - http://www.recalls.gov/recent.html
 

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