Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pistachio Growers and Processors Provide Important Facts About Voluntary Recalls

/PRNewswire/ -- The Western Pistachio Association provides the following important information and clarification related to the voluntary recall of pistachios due to potential Salmonella contamination.

1. The pistachio recall involves a single processor. Setton Pistachio of
Terra Bella, Inc., which voluntarily initiated the original recall
action, is the only pistachio processor involved in the recall.
2. Setton Pistachio is a wholesaler of pistachios. As a wholesaler, Setton
Pistachio sold pistachios to manufacturers of pistachio brands and
products, including Setton International. Recently, Setton
International announced a recall of the company's specific pistachio
products and brands. This announcement is not separate from the
previous recall action. Rather, Setton International has now identified
its own products that contain pistachios from Setton Pistachio and
recalled those individual products and brands.
3. The growing list of recalled products is anticipated as the recall
progresses. As the recall proceeds and the United States Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) identifies where the potentially affected products
from Setton Pistachio were shipped and how they were used, they can
then identify and recall specific products. It may seem
counterintuitive, but an expanding list of products actually reflects
the fact that specific products and brands that contain pistachios from
Setton Pistachio are being pinpointed. The FDA is providing a
searchable database of potentially affected products at
www.fda.gov/pistachios and will continue to update that site as
specific products are identified.
4. The vast majority of pistachio brands and pistachio products do not
contain pistachios from Setton Pistachio. Pistachio growers and
processors have produced a new Web site - www.pistachiorecall.org -
that lists specific pistachio products and brands that do not contain
pistachios from Setton Pistachio.

5. The FDA reports that there have been no illnesses tied to pistachios.
As such, the voluntary pistachio recall is proactive and is not related
to recent recalls of peanut products linked to a Salmonellosis
outbreak.



The Western Pistachio Association will continue to update information as it becomes available through its Web site at www.westernpistachio.org and www.pistachiorecall.org.

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