I last wrote about the pistachio recall back on April 7, so if you (like me) have been wondering what is going on with the pistachio recalls, here’s the update. The FDA recently released their inspection report on Setton Pistachios of Terra Bella. The report is available for public viewing at this link. (click on FDA Form 483 (Inspectional Observations), 3/31/09 – 4/8/09)
There are seven observations mentioned in the report, but the first is perhaps the most disturbing. Basically, Setton had found out that the pistachios tested positive for Salmonella in October 2008 but they continued to process roasted pistachio products under the same processing conditions until March 2009.
It also seems as though they were not monitoring the roasting temperatures of the pistachios (the step that would ensure that the bacteria would be killed).
There are several other findings which might cause you to lose your appetite, therefore I won’t mention them here.
The FDA maintains that:
Consumers should not eat pistachios or food products containing them (such as pistachio bakery goods and pistachio ice cream) until they can determine that the products do not contain pistachios recalled by Setton. FDA’s warning does not apply to pistachios and pistachio products not associated with recalled pistachios from Setton Pistachio.
To date, no incidents of illness from eating pistachios have been reported.