Navigation Links
FDA Investigating Salmonella-Tainted Pistachios
Date:3/30/2009

Recall said to involve 1 million pounds of nuts sold in at least 31 states

MONDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said Monday night that the agency is investigating a salmonella contamination that could involve 1 million pounds of pistachios that were sold in at least 31 states.

The current contamination is not connected to the recent salmonella scare involving peanuts, the officials said.

"We are not dealing with an outbreak here," Dr. David Acheson, associate commissioner for foods at the FDA, said during a teleconference Monday evening. "This is a proactive move by the firm to recall contaminated product, and it is very distinctly not linked to an outbreak. This recall is being undertaken by sampling by part of the food industry."

The California Department of Public Health is also involved in the investigation.

The company in question, Setton Farms, is recalling certain pistachio nuts based on these findings, Acheson said. Investigators are honing in on pistachios packaged in a plant in Terra Bella, Calif.

"These findings came to light because of testing that another company was doing as part of routine analysis in which they found a variety of different types of salmonella. Based on this, they contacted the FDA," he said.

On March 24, Kraft Foods alerted the FDA and started a recall of its Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, Acheson said.

Setton Farms supplies pistachios in large quantities to 36 wholesalers who repackage them or resell them, Acheson said.

"The number of products that are going to be recalled over the coming days will grow simply because these pistachios have been repackaged to consumer level containers," Acheson said.

Setton Farms also supplied pistachios to grocer Kroger Co., which has already issued a recall, Acheson said. Those nuts were sold in 31 states, the Associated Press reported.

There have been some consumer complaints about these products, Acheson said. "That does mean definitively that they caused illness. Some consumers developed gastrointestinal illness, and called [the] FDA," he said.

The agency is recommending that people avoid eating any pistachio products. However, they should hold on to these products until it's clear which ones are affected, Acheson added.

This is not the first time this year that nut products have been found to be tainted with salmonella.

In January, U.S. officials launched a criminal investigation into a salmonella outbreak tied to tainted peanut products that sickened almost 700 people and may have contributed to at least nine deaths. The probe will focus on possible criminal violations at the Georgia processing plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), which knowingly shipped peanut butter and peanut paste products that had tested positive for salmonella, officials said at the time.

And just last month, FDA officials issued a warning that consumers shouldn't eat any peanuts or peanut products sold by Westco Fruit and Nuts Inc. because they may be contaminated with salmonella. Peanuts used in the Westco products may have come from PCA, officials said.

More information

For more on salmonella, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: March 30, 2009, teleconference with David Acheson, M.D., associate commissioner, foods, U.S. Food and DrugMarch 30, 2009, Associated Press


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Investigating a community where smoking rates are double the national average
2. Investigating causes of asthma attacks: New sensor system monitors environmental exposure
3. Micromet Receives Regulatory Approval to Conduct a Phase 2 Clinical Trial Investigating MT103 (MEDI-538) in Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
4. Consumer Specialty Products Association Responds to European Study Investigating Spray Products and Asthma
5. UT Southwestern investigating hypothermic technique in treating pediatric head injuries
6. Kroger Recalls Shelled Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk
7. MultiVu Video Feed: NEW RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION FINDS PISTACHIOS IMPROVE RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE
8. Eating Pistachios Helps Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
9. Paramount Farms Establishes Scientific Advisory Board to Advance Understanding of the Health Benefits of Pistachios
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
FDA Investigating Salmonella-Tainted Pistachios  
(Date:4/30/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 30, 2016 , ... Orlando-based Maximized ... as they go for gold in Rio. Under the care of Maximized Living ... golds! , In an unprecedented showing, Maximized Living is sending the largest contingent of ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Waltham, MA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 ... ... 1st, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, the national charitable foundation serving the footwear ... activities. With 8,000 volunteers representing more than 130 companies across 23 states during ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 members ... celebrated the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal on SB 258, the “Rural Health Care ... Cumming), offers a 70% tax credit to individuals and corporations which donate directly to ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... Conditions were ideal ... Cove Island Park on Sunday, with sunny skies, a light breeze and temperatures in ... $33,000. , The 5k Run and Walk and 1-mile walk were held ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... The ... the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of the 2016 Wharton Business Plan Competition ... Michelson People’s Choice Award, and the Committee Award for Most ‘Wow Factor,’ making ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Contamine, Directeur Financier Sanofi, ... santé, publie ses résultats pour le ... du Groupe, Jérôme Contamine, commente les ... et les perspectives pour le reste ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... YORK , April 28, 2016  While ... notably complement the company,s valve repair and stent ... move also places Abbott more firmly into patient ... of the fastest growing device areas, with double-digit ... its recent report,  Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016  The blood testing market in ... according to Kalorama Information and The Freedonia Group in ... nucleic acid testing.  The healthcare research firm said that ... developing blood collection stations and in improving testing at ... Information,s report, Blood Testing Market in China ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: