April 14, 2009

More brands of pistachio nuts are recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says more companies are recalling products containing possibly tainted pistachio nuts.

The actions follow the recall of thousands of pounds of pistachios by Setton Farms Inc. of Terra Bella, Calif., because of possible contamination with salmonella bacteria.

Among recent recalls were various brands of in-shell roasted and salted pistachios and dry roasted pistachio kernels distributed by Flavor House Products Inc. and Nutcracker Brands Inc., both part of the Bremner Food Group. The brands include Shurfine, Stop & Shop, First Choice and Giant.

The FDA said salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, 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, endocarditis and arthritis.

Other recalls included:

--Aurora Products Inc.: Pistachio products sold nationally and in Bermuda under the Aurora Natural-, Whole Foods Market-, Zabars- and Adams Fairacre Farms-brands.

--The Bezzerides Co.: Art's-brand pistachios distributed nationally with sell-by dates between May 31 and Dec. 31.

--House of Flavors Inc.: LaSalle and Sedutto brands of pistachios sold in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

A FDA list of recalled products, including pistachios, detailing lot numbers, expiration dates and other identification information is available at http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html.