Several varieties of pistachios may be affected—here’s where they were sold.
Pistachios are a delicious and healthy snack that many people keep in their pantries—but if you live in the Northeastern region of the United States, there's a chance your salty snack might be contaminated with salmonella. One popular manufacturer and distributor, Bazzinil LLC, is recalling 4,000 pounds of various pistachios after they tested positive for salmonella.
The nut manufacturer posted a recall notice last week in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration warning consumers that several varieties of their pistachios could be tainted with the potentially life-threatening bacteria. According to the release, BazziniI says the nuts in question came from a third-party supplier—these pistachios have been shipped to retailers in multiple states, and were made available for purchase online as well.
Shoppers living in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Virginia, Massachusetts, and Vermont should check their pistachios to be sure they're not affected. Five different products are being recalled, including varieties that are still in their shell, with expiration dates extending into July 2019. For a full list of affected products provided by the FDA, including their UPC and date codes, click here.
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“The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the finished product may contain the bacteria,” the public notice reads. “Consumers who have purchased any of the listed pistachios are urged to return (them) to the place of purchase for a full refund.”
If you believe you may have eaten the potentially contaminated product, seek medical attention immediately—salmonella infections can occur anywhere between 3 and 5 days after first exposure, and you may mistake it for common food poisoning. Symptoms include high fever, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and diarrhea.