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Pistachio Growers and Processors Launch New Web Site

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pistachio growers and processors yesterday launched a new Web site -- www.pistachiorecall.org -- that lists specific pistachio products and brands that are confirmed safe to consume.

The Web site, produced by CAL-PURE, a Los Angeles-based co-op of California pistachio growers, and the Fresno, Calif.-based Western Pistachio Association (WPA), is accessible directly and via a link on the FDA Web site at www.fda.gov/pistachios. The new site rolled out in the wake of a pistachio recall by processor Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. and Setton International, due to potential salmonella contamination. The recall action has been taken on a precautionary basis, and the FDA reports no illnesses tied to the recalled pistachios.

Only pistachios processed by the Setton Pistachio and Setton International facilities are affected by the recall measures, and the majority of processors, pistachio products and foods containing pistachio products are not involved in the recall. The new Web site, www.pistachiorecall.org, will be updated on an ongoing basis to ensure consumers have access to the latest, most accurate information available related to safe products.

For additional details about the Setton Pistachio recall, consumers may also visit www.fda.gov/pistachios for the latest information, as well as products that are affected by the voluntary recall. The FDA site also provides updates on the status of the recall, which as of today, includes the following revised statement:

"FDA is advising consumers not to eat pistachios or food products containing them (such as pistachio bakery goods and pistachio ice cream) unless they can determine that the products do not contain pistachios from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. The FDA consumer alert is available at this link: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW01982.html”