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Pistachio Industry Looks Toward a Promising 2009 Crop Year
Date:7/1/2009

Administration (FDA) Web site reports no conclusive evidence that pistachio products were ever linked to any cases of human illness. Additionally, the single processor involved in the precautionary action has worked closely with local, state and federal regulators to implement aggressive safety measures and has recently returned to full pistachio processing and roasting operations.

"The pistachio industry is moving forward with optimism, cooperation and a commitment to world-class safety standards so that everyone who enjoys our pistachios can enjoy them with confidence," said Matoian.

About the U.S. Pistachio Industry

Collectively, California, Arizona and New Mexico represent 99.99 percent of the nation's pistachio production. California comprises 98.5 percent of the total with 198,500 acres planted throughout 22 different counties. There are more than 600 growers within the pistachio community, and the annual "farm gate" value of pistachios represents $540 million to the California economy. Pistachio growers and processors employ more than 5,200 full-time workers in California alone. Pistachios are California's third largest nut commodity, behind almonds and walnuts. Foreign exports represent nearly 60 percent of overall pistachio production, with the remainder of the nuts staying within the United States.

The Western Pistachio Association

The Western Pistachio Association is a grower based agricultural trade association representing pistachio growers in California, Arizona and New Mexico. The organization works on issues vital to growers and activities that affect the U.S. pistachio industry. Pistachio nutrition research and promotion of the heart-healthy properties of pistachios are key activities conducted by the association.


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