Salmonella cases lead to pistachio recall in U.S.

Mar 10, 2016, 4:29 PM EST
Pistachio. (Source: mjtmail (tiggy)/flickr)
Pistachio. (Source: mjtmail (tiggy)/flickr)

11 people in nine U.S. states have contracted a strain of Salmonella that has caused California pistachio producer Wonderful Pistachios to voluntarily recall some of its nuts. The pistachios are sold under the brand names Wonderful, Paramount Farms, and Trader Joe’s. Reuters reports:

The CDC on Wednesday advised consumers not to eat any recalled pistachios that might be in their homes. The lot codes of the recalled products are available on the Wonderful Pistachios website. 
Infections, caused by the strain Salmonella Montevideo, were reported in 11 people between Dec. 12 and Feb. 9. Two people were hospitalized; no deaths were reported, the CDC said.
There were cases in Washington, Arizona, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia and Alabama, the CDC said.
A number of the infected people reported having eaten Wonderful brand pistachios, and the CDC found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in raw pistachios at Paramount Farms, where Wonderful pistachios are grown.
The recalled pistachios can be identified by a lot code number on the lower back or bottom panel of the package. A list of those numbers is available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wonderful Pistachios says on its website that it takes food safety seriously and is working with health officials to find the source of the problem.
The company asks people to return the nuts where they bought them for a refund.
Each year, salmonella is estimated to cause one million cases of foodborne illness in the United States, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, which typically appear between 12 to 72 hours after the infection. Though the illness usually lasts four to seven days, sometimes the diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized, and it can lead to further complications and even death.
Children younger than five, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.