Raw, shelled pistachios recalled because of Salmonella risk
WASHINGTON, December 15, 2016 – HEB Grocery Co. LP is recalling bulk and packaged, raw, shelled pistachios because a random sample tested by the government returned positive results for Salmonella contamination.
No reports of illnesses had been made to the company as of Wednesday when the recall notice was posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.
“The issue was discovered through FDA routine sampling,” according to the recall notice.
“Customers who purchased the affected product can return the product to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B customer service at 855-432-4438.”
The recall affects the following products sold in H-E-B and Central Market stores in Texas:
Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled pistachios and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention and alert their doctors to the possible exposure to the pathogen.
Salmonella is a microscopic organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell bad.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that can be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.