Calif. nut firm: Kraft found salmonella in 2008

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The Associated Press

Posted: 04/03/2009 10:31:59 AM PDT

FRESNO, Calif.A firm involved in a nationwide pistachio recall this week says nuts from its sister company in California tested positive for salmonella in September 2008.

Lee Cohen, a production manager for Setton International Foods Inc. in Commack, N.Y., said Friday that Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. first heard about the 2008 test from a customer, Kraft Foods Inc., on March 24. He says those tainted nuts were found in a snack mix.

Setton Pistachio recalled 2 million pounds of pistachios on Monday after a Kraft manufacturer found salmonella in another batch of roasted pistachios on March 20.

Kraft did not immediately respond to questions seeking comment.

Federal regulators have warned the public not to eat any pistachios until further notice.

Setton International Foods says it is voluntarily recalling about 118,000 pounds of pistachio products.



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