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Pistachio Recall Affects Consumers In 14 States

A Michigan company is recalling packaged pistachios that may be contaminated with salmonella.
A Michigan company is recalling packaged pistachios that may be contaminated with salmonella. Photo Credit: www.americanpistachios.org

A Michigan company is recalling packaged pistachios that may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in people with weaken immune systems, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Country Life Natural Foods of Pullman, Mich., said 2-pound bags and 30-pound boxes of the nuts distributed in Arkansas, California, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin all are subject to the recall, according to the FDA.

The nuts were distributed through retail stores, mail order and direct delivery. The 2-pound bags bear the batch number 1357 in the lower left corner of the Country Life Natural Foods Label. The 30-pound boxes bear the name “SAM International” lot number 102914, and best-by date of April 29, 2016.

According to the FDA, the Country Life Natural Foods company initiated the recall after FDA testing after one of 19 samples taken from a SAM International site detected salmonella.

Salmonella can cause fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In severe cases, it can enter the blood stream, causing more serious illnesses, according to the FDA.

Anyone who may have purchased the nuts should not consume them. The packages should instead be returned to the point of purchase. Anyone with questions should call Country Life Natural Foods at 800-456-7694 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

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