April 16, 2009: Food Poisoning Illnesses May Be Linked To Pistachios

Proof of Contamination – Following an inspection of the California pistachio plant owned by Setton Pistachio, the FDA has discovered the presence of Salmonella serotype Montevideo in three environmental samples and a sample taken from a finished pistachio product.

Pistachios May be Linked to Illnesses  The CDC reports that bacterial DNA fingerprints of the Salmonella stains linked to pistachio products matches the DNA fingerprints of Salmonella strains isolated from individuals who were recently diagnosed with Salmonella infections. This particular strain of Salmonella has been isolated from the stool of a child who had eaten Setton pistachios prior to becoming ill with food poisoning symptoms.

The Investigation Continues – According to the CDC, the number of infections caused by these strains is not above the baseline number of infections expected in the United States; and some of the strains responsible for the human infections, have been associated with other foods (in other words, it’s a common strain).  The CDC, and state and local health department investigators will interview individuals sickened by the same Salmonella strain(s) to determine if they were exposed to Setton pistachios prior to their illness.

Pistachio Recall Expanded – Setton Pistachio has expanded its recall of roasted pistachios to include all lots of roasted in-shell pistachios and roasted shelled pistachios that were produced from nuts harvested in 2008.  The firm is also recalling those raw shelled pistachios from the 2008 crop that are not subsequently roasted prior to retail sale.  For a complete list of recalled pistachios and pistachio products please see FDA Recalls.

Salmonella Symptoms – Symptoms of Salmonella infection may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food.  Please see Salmonella and Salmonella Symptoms for more information.

What you can do – If you are experiencing Salmonella food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional.  He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide.  We are ready to help you. If you are diagnosed with Salmonella, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, please submit a Free Legal Case Evaluation, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

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