published on March 10, 2016 - 12:38 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Wonderful Pistachios has voluntarily recalled some of its in-shell and shelled pistachios due to risk of Salmonella contamination.

Health officials are currently investigating 11 cases in nine states that have been reported in connection to the outbreak, according to the company.

The pistachios have been distributed through several retailers, food companies and manufacturers in North and South America, and can be identified by the these 13-digit lot code numbers.

The pistachios were sold under the brand names Wonderful, Paramount Farms and Trader Joe’s.

“Wonderful Pistachios has been growing, harvesting and processing pistachios for 30 years, and this is the first-ever recall associated with this product, and we pride ourselves in our world-class food safety protocols and processing facilities,” according to a statement from Wonderful Pistachios.  “To-date, we have invested more than $50 million in our food safety programs, enhanced facility infrastructure, modernized sanitation practices, increased lab testing and validated roasters to minimize the risk of pathogens.”

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control advise consumers to return the recalled pistachios to the place of purchase for a refund.

The CDC said the outbreak has resulted in two hospitalizations, but no deaths have been reported.

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