Health authorities inspecting plants distributing nuts, spices, after salmonella scare.
The California Department of Public Health is investigating
a California supplier of recalled
pistachios and has recommended that consumers avoid eating spices manufactured
by Union International Food Company in the Bay Area community of Union
State and federal investigators are inspecting Setton Farms
in Terra Bella, south of Porterville,
as a result of a recall of Kraft Back To Nature Nantucket Blend Trail Mix
manufactured by Georgia Nut Company. Georgia Nut Company has also recalled bulk
and bagged pistachios, which may or may not have been distributed in California.
Additionally, the Kroger Company has voluntarily recalled
its Private Selection Shelled Pistachios sold in 10-ounce containers. Stores
included in this recall are Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s King Sooperes,
Smith,s Dillons, QFC, City Market, Foods Co.,Jay C. Scott’s, Owen’s, Baker’s,
Gerbes, Hilander and Pay Less. Customers should not consume pistachio products
with a “sell by” date of DEC-13-09 and DEC-14-09 with the UPC Code of 11110
It has not been confirmed if the pistachios recalled by
Kroger Company are linked to Setton Farms. A full list of recalled pistachio
products is available at www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html.
The recall was initiated by salmonella found in roasted pistachios used in the trail
An outbreak of salmonella has sickened 42 people in four states,
including 33 in California associated
with white and black pepper products from Union International Food Company’s Union
No deaths have been reported, but the illnesses among California
residents have occurred in 15 counties in Central and Northern
California and the latest known onset of illness is March 13. A
high proportion of those who have become sick had eaten at Asian restaurants
which had been found by health specialists to have used the peppers.
The products recalled do not bear lot codes and were sold
primarily to distributors and restaurants in California
and Oregon. The products are packaged
under the Lian How brand name (red label) in various large-sized containers.
The following products are included in the recall: white
pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, chopped onion, onion powder,
garlic (chopped, minced, powder and granulated), whole white pepper, whole
black pepper, curry powder, mustard powder and wasabi powder.
Consumers can go to the California Department of Public
Health website at www.cdph.ca.gov for
additional recall information.