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Oh Nuts: Pistachio Recall

In a nutshell: Two companies are recalling pistachios!

Pity the poor nut. First the peanut and now pistachios are being recalled because of possible salmonella food poisoning.

From FDA press release

MADISON, WI (March 25, 2009) – Back to Nature Foods Company announced today a voluntary recall in the United States of its Nantucket Blend trail mix containing pistachio nuts that may have the potential to be contaminated with the Salmonella organism.  This possible contamination is not connected with the recent outbreak associated with peanuts or peanut butter. 

The following products are being recalled and consumers should not eat them:

Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, 28 oz. bag, UPC code 59283-00020 and a “best by” date between 08 20 09 and 12 12 09.
Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, 10 oz. bag, UPC code 59283-31039 and a “best by” date between 11 04 09 and 12 12 09.
Consumers can find the “best by” date on the back of the package and should discard any product they have. 

Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-538-8280 with any questions.

There have been no cases of Salmonellosis reported to date in connection with these products and the company is issuing this recall as a precaution.  These products were distributed to retail stores nationwide.

Salmonella 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.

From FDA press release

Skokie, IL – March 25, 2009 — Skokie, IL – The Georgia Nut Company announced today a voluntary recall of certain bulk wholesale and retail products containing shelled pistachio nuts that have the potential to be contaminated with the Salmonella organism. The Company said it identified the potential as a result of a rigorous sampling and testing regimen it conducted with respect to shelled pistachios provided by a third-party supplier.

The voluntary recall includes the following products:

Bulk Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at the Not Just Nuts store in Wauwatosa, WI from Dec. 5, 2008 through March 24, 2009;
Bulk or custom packaged Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at Georgia Nut retail stores in Skokie and Glenview, IL, Georgia Nut’s Chocolate House location in Greenfield, WI, and through the Company’s website from Dec 11, 2008 through March 23, 2009;
Bulk or custom packaged Dry Roasted Shelled Pistachios purchased at Georgia Nut retail stores in Skokie and Glenview, IL, Georgia Nut’s Chocolate House location in Greenfield, WI, and through the Company’s website from Dec 3, 2008 through March 23, 2009;
Mixed Nuts Deluxe Roasted and Salted Bulk with shelled pistachios purchased from clear plastic bulk bins in the produce department at Dominick’s Finer Foods stores in the greater Chicagoland area from Dec. 10, 2008 through March 25, 2009.
The Company said it had not received any reports of illness linked to these products, and the action is not in any way related to the recent recall of peanut and peanut butter products. The Company said it was taking the action as a precautionary measure.

The Company said consumers should not consume the recalled product. Customers are urged to return any amount of product in their possession to the place of purchase for a replacement or refund.

Georgia Nut Company has established a 24-hour consumer information line at (800) 914-4110 and www.gncinfo.com for more information.

  1. Karyn:

    Thanks for this. We have the Nantucket mix here; bought from Costco. We love it. But will toss because the UPC code and expiration dates match the FDA press release.

    We’ve had this in the house repeatedly with no ill effects.

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