Thursday, April 23, 2009
No Salmonella found in N.Y. pistachio plant
According to the Associated Press, no Salmonella was found in the Commack, N.Y.-based Setton International Foods processing plant. All nine environmental swabs and 10 sample tests of the company’s food products came back with negative results. The investigation was conducted in tandem with an investigation into Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. in Calif., where federal food safety officials announced they found traces of Salmonella inside the plant. Setton Pistachio, now temporarily closed, had recalled more than 2 million lbs of pistachios the first week in April, and then expanded the recall of raw and roasted nuts on April 6. By April 10, 14 million lbs of nuts had been recalled, and it is likely that the company may need to recall up to 20 million lbs. So far, no pistachio-related illnesses have been reported.