The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer alert today for pistachios and all food items that may contain pistachios, such as pudding or ice cream. These products should be avoided until further notice due to a possible salmonella contamination.
Food safety experts say there may be an official recall of specific products, much like the recent recall of peanut butter and related items. The suspected company, Setton Pistachio in California, has voluntarily recalled any pistachios processed during the past year and also has shut down operations. The FDA is working with the pistachio industry to see how large of a recall will be necessary and will provide any new details as they become available. An updated list of recalled items is available on the FDA's site. A searchable database lets you look by brand name, product type, or UPC code.
Salmonella is the most common cause of foodborne illness. It can cause fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. However, it can be life-threatening for some groups, including older adults, young children, and those with chronic medical conditions.