Three popular brands of pistachios are now being pulled from shelves as federal health authorities suspect that they may be behind a recent Salmonella outbreak which has sickened 11 people across nine states.
On Mar. 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked the products to the food-borne disease. CDC investigators wrote in a report that pistachios produced by Californian-based Wonderful were a “likely source” of the cross-state Salmonella contamination.
CDC researchers based their conclusions on an extensive investigation jointly carried out by local, state, and federal health authorities. The CDC also unveiled that of the 11 Salmonella infection cases, two required hospitalization.
The three brands that are currently recalled are Wonderful, Paramount Farms, and Trader Joe’s. Wonderful told customers that they can check whether a lot has been recalled by looking at the 13-digit code on the package.
The codes of the recalled products are currently available on the company’s website. The firm also said that it was taking food safety very seriously, so it agreed to collaborate with authorities to detect the source of the contamination.
The first cases of Pistachio-related Salmonella infection were reported Dec. 12. The youngest patient was a nine-year-old, while the oldest patient was a 69-year-old. The states plagued by the recent outbreak are North Dakota, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Connecticut, Washington, Minnesota, Arizona, and Michigan.
People were advised to discard any pistachios left at home while the CDC investigation continues. You can get a full refund if you return the lot code either by mail or to the location you purchased the product.
In the U.S., about 1 million cases of food-borne disease are tied to Salmonella every year. The bacterium is also responsible for nearly 400 deaths and more than 19,000 hospitalizations annually.
Symptoms emerge between 12 and 72 hours after consumption. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, stomach pain, and fever which can last up to a week. Most patients’ immune systems can fight off the infection without medication. But if there is severe dehydration and diarrhea you should head to a hospital.
Salmonella infections usually occur in the summer and they affect small children, pregnant women, and the elderly the most. On the other hand, anyone with a weakened immune system can contract the disease, and develop a severe infection.
Image Source: Wikimedia