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1 Million Pounds of Salmonella Pistachio Products Recalled

The FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and will issue a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.

The contamination involves multiple strains of Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the 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.

Multiple strains of Salmonella?  What is the list of products to be recalled?

  • Sheila jo

    Do you know if any other brands are effected? I have been working out and eatting the nuts for over a month, have been sick for about 3 weeks, but thought I had a bad case of the flu??? Planters California nuts is what I have been eatting! Thank you for your time Sheila

  • Kashif Munnerlyn

    Friday March 27, 2009, I ate a bag of pistachio. Later on that night I started feelin queasy. I was at my lady house and used the rest room when I first got there it was kinda solid, but right before I left I had to go again and this time it was diahrera. When I got home I went again and then again and again I started feelin real under the weather, slight fever and my body feelin chills so I stayed home under the covers with my stomach turnin knots. My lady thought I was lyin about how I felt because she was anticipatin my return and showed no symptoms and was thinkin I was side steppin another female. So I sweated out friday night, tossin and turnin mild halucinations, saturday same thing. Late saturday night, sunday morning I found some buckleys in my cabinet and took that as I read the bottle it said for cough suppression, and then I realized I had no cough, no sniffles, no sneezing so how could this be the flu? Irony I developed a cough after that but still mild in quantity but severe in effects it would give me a headache and my chest would hurt as if it was being forced only coughin to scratch the back of my throat. Finally Monday came and I felt no better so I decided to call and ambulance and go to the emergency room the doctors there gave me antibiotics and diagnosed me with a viral syndrome. Only earlier today march 31, 2009 did I put two and two together after seeing the news report on the pistachios which I Love could have been the cause for my illness

  • josh weeks

    i hate pistachios and now they are making people sick.. momma told me pistachios are the devil so we all need to get together and put a royal ass kicking on all these assholes selling pistachios to everyone thank you for your time and remember fuck you pistachios putos…..

  • Marymary

    Sheilajo: as of yesterday, Kraft was voluntarily recalling Planters brand pistachios, although at the time of the recall the Planters brand had not been officially implicated in any illnesses.
    This is Mr. Marler’s blog, so it may not be proper for me to advise you on what to do, but I would suggest that you keep any pistachios that you have on hand and call your local health dept. Report your symptoms to them and also try to remember what you have eaten, not only pistachios. I know it is hard sometimes to remember what you had for supper the night before–it is for me, anyway. But it is important that you provide as complete a food history as you can. Your local health dept. should be able to advise you on what to do, or they may refer you to your state health dept. You may be asked to provide a stool sample, and if you are up to it, I would suggest that you do it. You may also be asked to release your pistachios for testing. My apologies to Mr. Marler if I’ve overstepped my bounds.

  • luz dougherty

    I was in New York this weekend for my girlfriends 50th birthday party and on Friday Me and one of my best friends had dinner at a friends restaurant in queens. We had some pastachio Bacci Ice cream balls, we both got sick, our symtoms started Saturday afternnon we both had queasy stomachs, Sunday morning i had heavy diareha and vomiting of course no appetite, I even had flu like symtoms my entire body ached i could barely move I THOUGHT IT WAS MY MOMS SPANISH COOKING SORRY MOM. I just learned about the contamination of the pastachios wow this is scary. hope no one is deathly ill its not a good feeling I am ok now but I am going to call my doctor for advise. hope all is well.

  • Jay

    I ate almost a whole bag of the DEERFIeLD farms pistachios last night and this morning i woke up very nausiated and dizzy. It has happened three times to me today and the only thing my wife did not eat and i did is the pistachios. Are these signs of salmonella?

  • joycelyn williams

    I purchased several bags of the Deerfield Farms Pistachios froma Baltimore, MD Walgreen Drug Store; are these the nuts involved in the recall. The nuts are packaged in 7/1 oz packages.

  • Annette

    I didn’t know it then but know now why I was so sick and emergency room 2x back in Feb. 15 & 20 and nausea for 12 days, bloody stools, diarrhea, cramps. I always keep a bag of pistachios for snacking and purchased them on Feb. 11 at Costco (Go Nuts Brand/Salt & Pepper)(before they announced the recall) and ate them and became very sick for almost 3 weeks! I went to the emergency room 2x, ran all kinds of tests, but sent me home with Zofran for nausea, went to many doctors for many follow-up tests and could not find anything, but didn’t feel like I had the flu. I never thought to check for salmonella poisoning from eating the pistachios produced from Sutton farms in California because I didn’t know about it in February! I’d wish I could sue for all the co-pays, drugs, time off work, etc. Always loved pistachios but won’t buy them anymore. I reported it to my state official for the FDA, and I would like to know if I could either sue or get my money back for the hospital co-pays ($100 2x) and doctor visits, drugs, and time lost. Do you know if that is a possibility? Is the company issuing a plan to reimburse all the people they made sick? Many thanks for your advice with this.

  • Karen

    I got some pistachios from walgreens that made me so sick. I didn’t even think anything bad about them. I thought it was just me, i gave some to my boss also. The next day my boss said they made him real sick too. Has anyone else gotten sick from walgreen’s pistacios?