ALERT: Pistachio recall developing

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif is being investigated for salmonella contamination. The FDA is investigating what products are affected and putting together a recall. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products.

What should I do?

Avoid eating pistachios until the details of the investigation are known. The FDA says you do not have to throw away your pistachio products, but do not eat them until it is known which products are being recalled.

Because so many people were sickened during previous salmonella outbreaks with peppers and peanuts, the FDA is trying to alert consumers as early as possible during this latest investigation.

Press release by the FDA

FDA Alerts Consumers to Recall of Certain Pistachios
FDA and California Inspectors Identify Salmonella

The FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and will issue a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.

The contamination involves multiple strains of Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the pistachios. It is not yet known whether any of the Salmonella strains found in the pistachio products are linked to an outbreak. The FDA is conducting genetic testing of the samples to pursue all links.

FDA is working closely with the pistachio industry and recommends that consumers avoid eating pistachio products until further information is available about the scope of affected products.

FDA will provide a searchable database of affected products at and will continue to update the public.

FDA first learned of the problem on March 24, when it was informed by Kraft Foods that its Back To Nature Trail Mix was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Kraft had identified the source of the contamination to be pistachios from Setton and conducted a recall.