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Rats and Cockroaches and Pistachios – Oh, My!

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Now FDA officials are investigating Commack, New York-based Setton International Foods Inc., which shares key staff and packages food with its sister plant in central California, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., that earlier this week recalled 2 million pounds of nuts over fears of possible salmonella contamination. Here is the 411, the poop (sorry):

“Last month, New York agricultural authorities discovered nearly two dozen dead cockroaches, rodent droppings and one live cockroach on an ingredient rolling rack inside the Commack plant. It failed its state health inspection…. State inspectors went back for a visit Wednesday to swab the plant and take food samples to be tested for salmonella and other pathogens as part of the pistachio recall,… The test results are pending.”

Don’t manufacturers get it?  And, what were the New York Agricultural folks thinking – or not?  Rat poop and cockroaches do not mix with pistachios.