Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds of Lost Hills, California, has issued a voluntary recall that involves pistachios sold at Trader Joe’s and other retailers, due to potential salmonella contamination.
The Wonderful Company sells pistachios under a few different brand names, and it has cast a pretty big net to hopefully bring in or dispose of any potentially contaminated products that are still on store shelves (or in your pantry).
If you have Wonderful, Paramount Farms or Trader Joe’s brands of pistachios in your home, you’ll need to examine the package to see if it’s part of this recall. These recalled pistachios were sold nationwide as well as in Canada, Mexico and Peru.
There have been multiple reports of illnesses that are possibly linked to consumption of these particular pistachios. The CDC is currently investigating 11 salmonella Montevideo infections throughout nine states, including two people who have been hospitalized. Salmonella is a serious infection that can result in severe illness and, in some cases, death.
The list of recalled products is extensive, but you’ll want to check and double-check to make sure your pistachios are not included. The recall includes packages as small as 1 ounce all the way up to 25-pound packages, but the most common sizes affected tend to be around 8 or 16 ounces. It includes salted and unsalted varieties, as well as shelled and unshelled. Also included are a few special flavors, such as salt and pepper and sweet chili.
Recalled products can be identified by a 13-digit lot code number, which is located on the lower back or bottom panel of the packaging.
If you find that you have these recalled pistachios on hand, you can simply send a clipped-out portion of the packaging that includes the lot number for a refund to Wonderful Pistachios, 13646 Hwy 33, Lost Hills, CA 93249. Alternatively, you can return this part of the packaging to the store the product was purchased from. Be sure to discard any nuts before doing so.
Consumers with questions can call the company directly at 844-505-3844.