Popular pistachios recalled over Salmonella outbreak

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising people not to eat pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios due to a multistate Salmonella outbreak, a statement says.

There have been 11 cases across nine states related to Wonderful Pistachios’ product, according to the CDC. Two people have been hospitalized. There have been no deaths reported.

Cases have been reported in Virginia, Washington, Arizona, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Connecticut, Georgia and Alabama.

Wonderful Pistachios voluntarily recalled “a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shall and shelled pistachios because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.”

The pistachios that could be at risk, can be identified by “a 13-digit lot code number, which can be found on the lower back or bottom panel of the package.”

The statement says the pistachios are sold under to brand names: Wonderful; Paramount Farms; and Trader Joe’s, and were sold nationwide and in Canada.

Trader Joe’s says the following In-Shell, Roasted Pistachios products with the “BEST IF USED BY” date codes from 2016 OCT 27 through 2016 NOV 04 may be contaminated with Salmonella:

  • Trader Joe’s Dry Roasted & Unsalted Pistachios (UPC 0007 9990)
  • Trader Joe’s Dry Roasted & Salted Pistachios (UPC 0007 9983)
  • Trader Joe’s 50% Less Salt Roasted & Salted Pistachios (UPC 0011 1348)

All lots of Dry Roasted & Unsalted Pistachios, Roasted & Salted Pistachios, and 50% Less Salt Roasted & Salted Pistachios have been removed from store shelves and their sale has been suspended while the issue is investigated, according to a Trader Joe’s news release.

Trader Joe’s says anyone who bought any of these In-Shell, Roasted Pistachio products with the specified “BEST IF USED BY” dates from 2016 OCT 27 through 2016 NOV 04, should discard them or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

Giant says they have also removed a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shell and shelled pistachios from shelves.

Giant says the following products with the “BEST IF USED BY” date codes from 2016 OCT 27 through 2016 NOV 02 may be contaminated with Salmonella:

  • Wonderful Roasted no Salt Pistachios, 16 oz., UPC 1411391006 with lot codes of 1509123255901, 1509123256001 and 1509123255601
  •  Wonderful Roasted Shelled Salted Pistachios, 6 oz., UPC 1411373406 with lot codes of 1509123260401 and 1510123295301

The store says that customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

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