Two separate firms have issued recalls of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">pistachios over concerns about contamination with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Salmonella pathogen, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
To date, no illnesses have been reported as a result of these recalls.
Austinuts Wholesale, Inc.
Austinuts Wholesale, Inc. issued its voluntary recall of pistachio kernel products due to a recall that was issued by it’s supplier California Delights, Inc. California Delights, Inc issued a recall for two shipments of pistachio kernels received by Austinuts Wholesale, Inc. in July 2010 due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella. Austinuts Wholesale, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for the following products with the corresponding lot numbers:
â€¢ Pistachio Kernels, Raw or Salted: Only lot numbers ending with “SE” with packing codes of P1860 through P2080 â€¨(LOT NUMBERS MUST END IN “SE”)
â€¢ Deluxe Nut Mix, Salted: Only lot number P187013201AW through P207013201AW (LOT NUMBERS MUST FALL BETWEEN P1870 AND P2070)
â€¢ Gourmet Nut Mix, Salted: Only lot number P195014401AW through P201014401AW (LOT NUMBERS MUST FALL BETWEEN P1950 AND P2010)
The Pistachio Kernels, Deluxe Nut Mix, and Gourmet Nut Mix were only distributed in Texas. Retailers have been advised to remove all of the products with the corresponding lot numbers from store shelves. Consumers having any of these products are urged to destroy them or return them to the store where the product was purchased. No other Austinuts products are involved in this recall.
Austinuts Wholesale, Inc. can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 404-6887 ext. 215, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
GloryBee Foods, Inc., of Eugene, Oregon voluntarily recalled its Aunt Patty’s brand five-pound bags of Whole Raw Pistachios and 25-pound boxes of Specialty Commodities brand Whole Raw Pistachios Kernels.
The Whole Raw Pistachio Kernels were distributed in Oregon (western to central Oregon) and Washington (western Washington) by direct delivery to retail stores and bakeries. Whole Raw Pistachio Kernels were sold to GloryBee Foods, Inc. in 25-pound boxes from Specialty Commodities, Inc. Labels on these boxes consist of “Packed for Specialty Commodities, Los Angeles, CA. 90010.” The sides of the boxes are stamped in red with the lot number 32043.
GloryBee Foods, Inc. also re-packed these pistachios into five-pound bags (2.27 kg) labeled “Aunt Patty’s Whole Raw Pistachios,” lot number MG0017400, item number 16046, P/D 07/06/10, and UPC 0 30042 70040 8.
The potential for contamination was noted after testing by California Delights, Inc. revealed the presence of Salmonella in their lot number 32043.
Consumers are urged to return all recalled product in stock to GloryBee Foods for a weight-based refund and should contact Greg Wilson at (800) 456-7923 to arrange delivery and product replacement between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
If consumers have redistributed the recalled product or used the pistachios in the manufacture of another product, GloryBee Foods urges the consumer to notify its customers that the pistachios may be contaminated with Salmonella and encourage these consumers to contact their local FDA district office for assistance in conducting a recall of product distributed and/or manufactured containing these pistachios.