More on Recall of Pistachios

8 04 2009

For an update on the recall of pistachios:

Road to Ready Internet Radio Show – Food Safety

2 04 2009

logoroad-to-readyWith the on-going recall of pistachios, and recent recalls of other food items last summer, you may be interested in listening to the next Road to Ready Internet Radio Show which will focus on Food Safety and Agroterrorism.  Hosted by Rick Tobin, the show will look at issues surrounding the protection of the food supply.  You will learn of the complex process of moving food products from the growing fields to the dinner table.  As you can probably guess, there are many dangers from intentional and unintentional contamination.

The special guest on the show will be Jason B. Moats.  Mr. Moats, from Texas A & M University, is an expert in the area of protecting agricultural systems.  He is also the author of the book,  Agroterrorism: A Guide for First Responders.

To listen to the Road to Ready Show on Friday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME simply access the show at

Food Recall: Pistachio Nuts

2 04 2009

pistachios_shadow1The 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.   FDA first learned of the problem on March 24, when it was informed by Kraft Foods that its Back To Nature Trail Mix was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Kraft had identified the source of the contamination to be pistachios from Setton and conducted a recall.

According to, grocery stores in Fort Bend County have started to remove pistachios from store shelves.   To view this article, go to

For the Pistachio Recalled Products List: