US One Million Pound Pistachio Recall

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US One Million Pound Pistachio Recall

 Thought I would post this to make people aware.  From what I can gather so far there isn't anything concrete on whether this made it's way into Canada.  It's still being investigated but some like me might have a bag of pistachios sitting on their counter.  I got mine from a bulk food store and unfortunately don't have a clue where they came from so I'm just not going to eat them until it's figured out. 

 US Million Pound Pistachio Recall



U.S. food safety officials are warning consumers to stop eating foods containing pistachios because of a possible salmonella outbreak. Canadian health officials are investigating as well.

The Food and Drug Administration says they are still trying to figure out the source of the salmonella. A California-based pistachio processor, Setton Farms, is voluntarily recalling its entire 2008 crop -- more than 1 million pounds of nuts - as the investigation continues.

Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by U.S. consumers that may be linked to the contaminated pistachios, the FDA said.

There have been no associated illnesses in Canada, says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The recalled nuts were shipped on or after September 1, 2008 by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. The recall affects bulk roasted in-shell and roasted shelled pistachios distributed throughout the United States.

Garfield Balsom, a food recall specialist at the CFIA, says the agency is investigating to see if any of the recalled product is in the country.

"We'll be investigating to see if there is any product in Canada. If there is affected product in Canada, we will take appropriate action to initiate a recall and inform consumers," he told

"It's very early in the investigation at this point."


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Weird, I have never heard of this being in nuts. Perhaps someone is trying to destroy  someone else?



I heard a report years ago that "Al Quida" or Bin Laden's terror techniques involves attacking systems. And, some kind of attack on our food distribution system was to be expected at some point.

However, I don't think we need to invent any boogey man, here.  It's the system itself.  Centralized processing, wharehouseing, monopolisitic business practices insures that what would have been isolated and localized, and less publicized recalls and contaminations are now continent wide.

Interestingly, we fear the unregulated practices used in Mexico to grow our food, but of all the major food recalls lately, they've all originated in the U.S. or Canada.


So, the idea that our food distribution system is efficient, and only highly profitable to a few by happy accident, is increasingly hard to evidentially support.