October 27, 2016

FDA Warns Producer of Wonderful Pistachios Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA sent a warning letter on October 7, 2016 to the Wonderful Company, which produces Wonderful pistachios, about an inspection conducted in response to a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to the pistachios. This outbreak was investigated by the CDC and declared over in May 2016. The Wonderful Company facility was inspected from March 8 through April 7, 2016. The Salmonella outbreak was caused by two Salmonella species: nine people were sickened with Salmonella Montevideo, and two were sickened with Salmonella Senftenberg. The trackback and epidemiological evidence led the FDA to conclude that pistachio nuts produced by that firm were adulterated. They were "prepared, packed, and held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health," … [Read more...]

Four Sick in Colorado; May Be From Wonderful Pistachios

Fox News Denver is reporting that Colorado may be added to the list of states in the Wonderful pistachios Salmonella outbreak. That product is linked to a multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people in 9 other states. Four people in one family in that state tested positive for Salmonella infections, although the report does not state if the strain of Salmonella that sickened those people is the outbreak strain. The family in Colorado said they were not aware of the Wonderful pistachio recall. The pistachios were recalled in the U.S. and in Canada after the outbreak was discovered. The recalled nuts linked to the outbreak were sold under the brand names Trader Joe's, Paramount Farms, and Wonderful. In addition, nuts sold under the brand names … [Read more...]

Law Firm Files First Pistachio Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit

The first lawsuit stemming from the Pistachio Salmonella outbreak in behalf of a Minnesota man who developed a Salmonella infection after eating Wonderful brand pistachios has been filed. The suit was filed today, March 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Case 0:16-cv-00676) According to the complaint, the man ate Wonderful pistachios in February and then became ill with symptoms of a Salmonella infection including stomach cramps and diarrhea. He saw a doctor and was diagnosed with a Salmonella Montevideo infection through tests on a stool sample. Further testing showed the strain that sickened the man was a genetic match to the strain linked to the outbreak strain that has sickened 11 other people from December 2015 to February … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Wonderful Pistachios

Wonderful brand pistachios have been linked to a nine-state Salmonella Montevideo outbreak that has sickened 11 people, hospitalizing two of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recall has been issued for pistachios sold under the brand names Wonderful, Paramount Farms, and Trader Joe's, consumers who have purchased the recalled nuts should not eat them. State and federal health officials have used DNA "fingerprinting" to identify case patients, who range in age from 9 years to 69 year old.  Those sickened reported onset of illness dates ranging from December 12, 2015 to February 9, 2016. The outbreak strain has also been isolated  from samples of raw pistachios collected from Paramount Farms, where Wonderful pistachios are grown. Health officials … [Read more...]

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