Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo Infections Linked to Pistachios


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that consumers do not eat and retailers do not sell recalled pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios. On March 9, 2016, Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, Calif. voluntarily recalled a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shell and shelled pistachios because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The pistachios were sold under the brand names Wonderful, Paramount Farms, and Trader Joe's, and were sold nationwide and in Canada.

Products can be identified by a lot code number that can be found on the lower back or bottom panel of the package. A table of recalled products is available on the Advice to Consumers page. These products have a long shelf life and may still be in people's homes.

CDC, multiple states, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections. Eleven people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from nine states. Two ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Collaborative investigative efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory officials indicate that pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios are a likely source of this outbreak.

Source: CDC

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