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April 2, 2009

US: Sanfilippo, Publix pull pistachio lines

US nut maker John B. Sanfilippo and Son and retailer Publix Super Markets have added to the growing list of pistachio recalls in the country.

US nut maker John B. Sanfilippo and Son and retailer Publix Super Markets have added to the growing list of pistachio recalls in the country.


Sanfilippo said yesterday (1 April) that it was expanding its recall of certain pistachio lines due to fears the product may be contaminated with salmonella.


The company said it had not received any reports of illness but said it was pulling three lines under the Flavor Tree Brand.


Publix, meanwhile, said it was recalling 6oz packages of namesake pistachios with a UPC of  41415-04033. Again, there had yet to be any reported cases if illness, the company said.


A number of US food manufacturers and retailers caught up in the latest nut scare to affect the country.


Kroger has pulled a number of pistachio products over fears of possible salmonella contamination. Elsewhere, Pepsi-Co’s Frito-Lay and Kraft Foods have been among the food manufacturers to recall products.


The pistachio salmonella scare so far centres on Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, the second-largest pistachio processor in the US. After the detection of salmonella in its products, Setton ceased all distribution of processed pistachios this week.


On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration recommended that consumers avoid eating pistachio products until further information is available about the scope of affected products.

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