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Seeking to provide accurate information and clarification related to the recently announced recall of pistachios, the Western Pistachio Association (WPA) issued a bulletin to update retailers and the public about the ongoing situation.
The voluntary pistachio recall involves a single processor: Terra Bella, Calif.-based Setton Farms is. There are no current indications that pistachios processed outside of the Setton Farms facility are affected by this recall. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing a searchable database of affected products at http://www.fda.gov/pistachios/ and will continue to update that site.
While growers and processors not involved in the recall believe their products are safe, the FDA recommends that consumers avoid eating pistachio products and set them aside until further information is available, although the agency had not yet told consumers or retailers to return or dispose of pistachio products by presstime.
No reported illnesses have been linked to pistachios, whose precautionary recall is unrelated to recent recalls of peanut products linked to a salmonella outbreak.
The WPA further said that growers and processors are continuing efforts to ensure the safety of their current inventories. As a further precautionary measure, growers and processors are committed to continuing testing of pistachio shipments going forward.
Pistachio growers and processors are cooperating with health authorities, according to the Fresno, Calif.-based group, which said the health and safety of consumers are the industry's top priorities.
WPA will continue to update information as it becomes available through its Web site at www.westernpistachio.org.