FDA: Stop Eating Pistachios, Salmonella Feared

Walk 30, 2009 — Halt eating pistachio nuts, the FDA says. They may carry food-poisoning salmonella microbes.

The unused salmonella frighten — this time in pistachio nuts — has driven Kroger Co. to review pistachios sold in 31 states. Because the nuts came from a huge shipment of 1 million pounds of pistachio nuts sold to 36 distinctive wholesalers nationwide, more reviews are anticipated, says David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for nourishments.

“Our advice to shoppers is to maintain a strategic distance from eating pistachio items,” Acheson said in a news conference. “Just hold onto them to see in case they are included within the recall.”

The as it were reviews to date have been in broiled shelled pistachios sold separately or in a brand of path blend. But pending an investigation, items as different as cake blend and ice cream may however be reviewed, Jeff Farrar, PhD, DVM, MPH, chief of the nourishment branch of the California Department of Wellbeing, said at the news conference.

The salmonella has nothing to do with the ongoing outbreak of salmonella harming from peanuts. Unlike the peanut episode, the pistachio contamination was discovered during routine testing by Kraft Foods — before anybody was known to have been sickened. The FDA has at slightest two unsubstantiated reports of affliction in individuals who ate pistachios, but those cases have not yet been connected to the sorts of salmonella found in pistachio nuts.

“We are not dealing with an outbreak here,” Acheson said. “Typically a proactive action by the firm.”

The nuts came from Setton Ranches of Terra Bella, Calif., which ships 600 million pounds of pistacho nuts each year. Testing of roasted pistachios recognized four strains of salmonella; these strains don’t coordinate the salmonella strain behind the shelled nut outbreak.

The Kroger recall takes after close on the heels of last week’s pistachio recalls by the Georgia Nut Company of Skokie, Ill.; and the Back to Nature Foods Co. of Madison, Wis., a Kraft Nourishments subsidiary.

Kroger representative Denise Osterhues tells WebMD that Kroger was informed of the conceivable salmonella defilement by Setton Farms. Setton Ranches too provided the pistachio nuts ensnared in last week’s recall. Acheson and Farrar praised the firm for its cooperation, which has amplified to recalling trucks as of now en route to wholesalers.

The California Department of Open Health and the FDA are now conducting a joint investigation of the Sutton Ranches office.

The recalled Kroger product is called Private Choice Shelled Pistachios. It’s sold in 10-ounce holders with a “sell by” date of DEC-13-09 and DEC-14-09. The bundles carry the UPS Code 11110 73615.

The nuts were sold in Kroger Co. stores with 17 different names: Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Ruler Soopers, Smith’s, Dillons, QFC, City Advertise, Foods Co., Jay C, Scott’s, Owen’s, Baker’s, Gerbes, Hilander, and Pay Less.

Kroger’s Food 4 Less stores did not carry the reviewed pistachio nuts.

Stores affected by the recall are in The frozen north, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Modern Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Kroger cautions customers who bought this product not to eat the nuts. The company is offering a full discount or substitution for packages returned to stores.

The source of the pistachio nuts reviewed by Kroger has not been revealed.

The Georgia Nut company provided the nuts used in a Back to Nature Foods product. Those nuts were obtained from an anonymous provider in California, a Georgia Nut representative told WebMD final week.

The suspected salmonella contamination of pistachio nuts has not been connected to the ongoing nationwide episode of salmonella connected to Georgia peanuts.

Salmonella contamination can cause fever, the runs (which may be wicked), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Most people recover inside a week without medication, but serious and even life-threatening complications can arise; young children, slight or elderly individuals, and individuals with frail immune frameworks are more vulnerable.

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