American Gourmet Initiates Voluntary Recall of Pistachio Products
American Gourmet announced a recall of American Gourmet Roasted/Salted Pistachios due to potential Salmonella contamination. The The company’s third-party pistachio supplier instructed the company to initiate a voluntary recall. American Gourmet complied with the request, issuing a recall on March 24th.
Retail stores in the San Diego, Riverside and San Bernadino counties – all located in California – received shipments of the recalled pistachios. The three recalled products can only be identified by the “Best By” dates located on the lower bottom panel of the packaging. The company is voluntarily recalling the following three products:
- 2.5 oz. packages of Roasted and Salted Pistachios with “Best By” dates of 11.5.2016 through 1.3.2017, UPC Code 1578600108;
- 4 oz. packages of Roasted and Salted Pistachios with “Best By” dates of 11.5.2016 through 1.3.2017, UPC Code 1578600135; and
- 7.5 oz. packages of Roasted and Salted Pistachios with “Best By” dates of 11.5.2016 through 1.3.2017, UPC Code 1578600123.
Pistachio Recalls Initiated by Four Companies in Past 15 Days
In the past 15 days, three other companies initiated recalls of their pistachio products.
Wonderful Pistachios Announces Nationwide Recall of Pistachios Linked to Multistate Salmonella Outbreak
California-based Wonderful Pistachios recalled a number of its products sold nationwide,and in Canada, Mexico, and Peru on March 9th. The recalled products were sold under the brand names “Wonderful,” “Paramount Farms” and “Trader Joe’s.”
The CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo linked to products distributed by Wonderful Pistachios on the same day the company initiated the recall. The outbreak involved eleven cases, including two hospitalizations, spread across nine states. Two cases were confirmed in both Washington and Arizona, while Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Virginia each confirmed one case involving the outbreak strain.
Two additional companies issued voluntary pistachio recalls one day after the announcement by California Pistachio.
Texas Star Nut and Food Co. Inc. Recalls Pistachios Distributed to Two States before Announcing Nationwide Recall of Additional Products
Texas Star Nut and Food Co. Inc. recalled “Nature’s Eat Natural Pistachio Kernels” on March 10th. A third-party lab contracted by the FDA tested and analyzed a sample of the product as part of a routine, random sampling program conducted by the FDA. The test results revealed that the product contained salmonella. The announcement indicated that the recall only affected Texas and Louisiana consumers and retail locations.
The Boerne, Texas company expanded the its recall on March 14th to include nine additional products. The expanded recall involved products sold under the brand names Fresh Choice, Southern Grove, and Nature’s Eats. The company recalled only one Fresh Choice product. Two Southern Grove and six Nature’s Eats products were also added to the list. All recalled products were sold between August 13, 2105 and February 24, 2016. The recall no longer involved only two states. Retail establishments across the nation sold products appearing on the expanded recall list.
Texas Star Nut and Food Co. stopped distributing all recalled products containing pistachio kernels.
Kanan Enterprises Recalls Pistachios at Request of Third-Party Supplier
Kanan Enterprises Inc., a Solon, Ohio corporation, recalled “Favorites Natural Pistachios” at the request of the third-party producer that supplied the pistachios. The product was distributed to and sold by convenience stores nationwide. The third-party supplier asked the company to issue the recall because the pistachios had the “potential to be contaminated with Salmonella,” according to Kanan Enterprises’ press release.
FDA Investigating Contamination Connection
Common sense would seem to dictate that four separate recalls of pistachio products by four different companies are somehow connected, a possibility not lost on the FDA. Officials at the agency “are working to confirm whether the recalls are all related,” said David Steigman, FDA spokesman. Despite the fact that investigators looking into the recalls have been working to answer that question since at least March 11th, according to Steigman, the agency is “not completely positive of (them) being related.”
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