Image credit: Wonderful Pistachios via Facebook

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall on Wonderful brand pistachios from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The company voluntarily recalled Wonderful brand roasted pistachios in salted and unsalted form, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on its website Thursday.

A statement on the agency’s website, dated March 10, advises the public not consume and retailers, hotels, restaurants, and institutions to hold off from selling, serving or using, the recalled products.

Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

These products may have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages with or without a label and may not bear the same product names as described below. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected products are advised to contact their retailer.

The pistachios, which were distributed through several retailers, food companies and manufacturers nationwide and in Canada, can be identified by a 13-digit lot code number, which can be found on the lower back or bottom panel of the package.  The specific products and lot codes affected are attached, and only product with these lot codes is subject to recall.

From Wonderful Pistachios, “In an effort to further enhance our food safety program and ensure the health and well being of our consumers, we have, effective immediately, proactively increased our sampling frequencies and lot size testing.  The implementation of these augmented safety protocols further exceeds established industry best practices and bolsters our long-standing commitment to producing the highest quality, most wholesome and safest pistachios in the world.

Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected products are advised to contact their retailer.

Wonderful Pistachios say they have invested more than $50 million in food safety programs, enhanced facility infrastructure, modernized sanitation practices, increased lab testing and validated roasters to minimize the risk of pathogens.

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