Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 03, 2009 22:03 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert-Various Foods Containing Pistachios Recalled by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 3, 2009) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the foods described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These foods contain pistachios that have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., due to Salmonella contamination.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and remove all affected products imported into Canada from the U.S.

Importers and distributors are advised to stop distributing the products described below and to initiate a voluntary recall of these products. Retailers are also advised to remove these products from sale. The CFIA is working with Canadian importers to recall foods containing affected U.S. pistachios. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products.

The following foods, manufactured in the United States of America, are affected by this alert: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cee0403.pdf

These products may have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts Web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our Web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600