Monday, May 11, 2009

Pistachio safety update

The FDA last week finally concluded its investigation into reports of Salmonella-tainted pistachio nuts from a California supplier -- and it's still urging consumers to be wary.

The agency's probe, which began in March, focused on pistachios from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. The company recalled all suspected batches, but the FDA raised continuing concerns because Setton supplies so many manufacturers and retailers.

The FDA says consumers should avoid any product containing pistachio nuts, including baked goods and snacks, unless they're sure it doesn't contain pistachios from Setton.

Sound like a pain? It's not nearly as painful as Salmonella, which can cause "serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems," the FDA says. It can be extremely serious -- and debilitating -- even if you're not in one of those categories.

For constantly updated information on which products are affected, check the FDA's pistachio data page.

California pistachio growers also have their own Web site listing companies that don't use Setton as a supplier.

Of course, you can just avoid pistachios altogether -- but how likely is that for Armenians?

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