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Wonderful Pistachios Recalled, Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Wonderful Pistachios Recalled, Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Certain in-shell and shelled pistachios sold under the Wonderful Pistachios, Trader Joe’s and Paramount Farms brands have been recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Wonderful Pistachios, of Lost Hills, Calif., issued a voluntary recall on March 9, 2016 of certain varieties of pistachios due to a risk of Salmonella contamination and directed its retailers to pull the affected products from store shelves. Because of the long shelf life of these products, consumers are advised to check if the recall affects any packages of pistachios in their pantry.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials across nine states are investigating an outbreak of the Salmonella Montevideo strain that has infected eleven people since December, including two people who required hospitalization. According to the agency, most people affected reported eating pistachios the week prior to falling ill. Laboratory testing found the strain in samples of raw pistachios collected from Paramount Farms, where Wonderful pistachios are grown.

“Wonderful Pistachios takes food safety matters very seriously and is working closely with health officials to identify the source of the problem,” the company said. “In an effort to further enhance our food safety program and ensure the health and well being of our consumers, we have, effective immediately, proactively increased our sampling frequencies and lot size testing. The implementation of these augmented safety protocols further exceeds established industry best practices and bolsters our long-standing commitment to producing the highest quality, most wholesome and safest pistachios in the world.”

People with salmonellosis may experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, this infection can result in severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

These pistachios were distributed across the United States and in Canada. Consumers can identify the Wonderful Pistachios, Trader Joe’s and Paramount Farms brand recalled pistachios by locating the code number on the packaging:

 

Product Description Brand UPC Unit WT Code Date / Lot Number Lot Code Location
Roasted No Salt Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113910064 16oz 2016 OCT 26 – 150912325560115091232557011509123255901
2016 OCT 27 – 1509123256001
back of the bag – bottom left
Roasted No Salt Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113910187 8oz 10/26/2016 – 1509123259601 Back of the bag – bottom left
Roasted No Salt Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113913652 200g 2016/10/26 – 1509123260301 Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted No Salt Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113912532 225g 2016/10/26 – 1509123256901 Back of the bag – bottom left
Roasted Salt and Pepper Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113910293 4.5oz 2016 NOV 05 – 1510123307001 Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113911863 1.5 oz 10/26/16 – 1509123256701
10/28/16 – 1509123256801
Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113911979 24 oz 2016 OCT 27 – 1509123260601
2016 NOV 02 – 1510123304901
Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113910088 5 oz 2016 OCT 30 – 1509123289801 Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Wonderful N/A 13 oz 2016 NOV 02 – 1510123304801 On clear bag – bottom that has back seal
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113913638 40 oz 11/05/2016 – 1510123332601 Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Shelled Pistachios Wonderful 014113734066 6oz 10/26/2016 – 1509123260401 Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Shelled Pistachios Wonderful 014113913386 2.5oz 2016 NOV 02 – 1510123295001 Back of the bag – bottom left
Roasted Salted Shelled Pistachios Wonderful 014113910125 24oz 2016 NOV 04 – 1510123331501
2016 NOV 05 – 1510123305001
Bottom of the bag
Roasted Salted Shelled Pistachios Wonderful 014113734066 6 oz 11/02/2016 – 1510123295301 Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Shelled Pistachios Wonderful 014113912044 225g 2016/10/27 – 1509123259801 Back of the bag – bottom left
Roasted Sweet Chili Pistachios Wonderful 014113913331 1.25oz 2016 NOV 04 – 1510123307901 back of the bag – bottom left
Roasted Sweet Chili Pistachios Wonderful 014113910309 4.5oz 2016 NOV 05 – 1510123308101 Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 014113912839 1 oz 2016 OCT 26 – 1509123255401
2016 OCT 29 – 1509123255501
2016 NOV 02 – 1510123294801
Back of the bag – bottom right
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Wonderful 00014113910255 25 lbs 2016/11/02 – 1510123294601
2016/11/05 – 1510123332501
side box
Roasted Salted Inshell Pistachios Paramount Farms NA 25 lbs 2016 OCT 29 – 1509123280901
2016 NOV 06 – 1510123332401
side box
50% Less Salt Dry Roasted & Salted Inshell Pistachios Trader Joe’s 00111348 16 oz 2016 OCT 28 – 1509123256501
2016 OCT 29 – 1509123256401
2016 OCT 30 – 1509123256601
2016 NOV 03 – 1510123307101
2016 NOV 04 – 15101233072011510123307301
Back of the bag – bottom right
Dry Roasted & Unsalted Inshell Pistachios Trader Joe’s 00079990 16oz 2016 OCT 27 – 1509123256101
2016 OCT 28 – 15091232562011509123256301
Back of the bag – bottom right
Dry Roasted & Salted Inshell Pistachios Trader Joe’s 00079983 16 oz 2016 OCT 28 – 15091232599011509123260001
2016 OCT 29 – 1509123260101
2016 NOV 03 – 1510123294901
Back of the bag – bottom right

 

Find the lot code on recalled Wonderful Pistachios

Find the lot code on recalled Wonderful Pistachios

Find the lot code on recalled Trader Joes Pistachios

Find the lot code on recalled Trader Joe’s Pistachios

Find the lot cod on recalled Paramount Farms Pistachios

Find the lot cod on recalled Paramount Farms Pistachios

Wonderful Pistachios is offering consumers a full refund. They should discard the nuts and return only the product packaging with the recalled lot code to the place of purchase or send to Wonderful Pistachios, 13646 Hwy 33, Lost Hills, CA 93249. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (844) 505-3844.

UPDATE 3-11-2016

Also included in the pistachios recall are Favorites Natural Pistachios, a 4.5 ounce stand up pouch bag with a UPC 0 38445 12286 5 and a date code of 15 Feb 2017 and 16 Feb 2017. This product was distributed nationally through convenience stores. Consumers should not consume this product as it may be contaminated with Salmonella. They should destroy it or return the product to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions should call 1-800-860-5464.

Nature’s Eats Natural Pistachio Kernels are also included in the pistachios recall. This product is an 8 oz. bag with Lot Code 40262001 and Best Buy Date of 1/4/2017. Consumers are urged to not eat the recalled pistachios, and to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns may contact the company at 1-844-571-5555.

About Candice Fitzgibbons

I am a Sevier County resident and active in my local community. I've spent more than 20 years as a graphic designer and copywriter, creating marketing materials to help small to medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations achieve their goals. I have a passion for equality, the environment and animal rights.