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‘Hilo Products’ Pistachios Recalled Over Salmonella Risk

July 15, 2013, 11:49 AM HST
* Updated July 16, 10:17 AM
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A California-based company is recalling batches of pistachios because of potential Salmonella contamination.

Four brands of the nuts distributed by Torn and Glasser Inc. of Los Angeles are affected by the voluntary recall, the US Food and Drug Administration said.

They include Hilo Products brand “natural, roasted and salted” pistachios which come in 1-pound bags. The lot code is 0923, which can be found on the back corner next to the seal, the FDA said.

Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, including those with weakened immune systems, the agency said.

Symptoms of the food poisoning can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The FDA said the recall includes products distributed between Feb. 21, 2012 and April 29, 2013 in Hawaii, California and Arizona. They involve pistachios supplied by the ARO processing plant in Terra Bella, Calif.

The other Torn and Glasser pistachio brands being recalled were Torn and Glasser label in 8-ounce bags with lot code 3402; Sun Harvest label in 12-ounce bags with a “best-before” date of 04/11/2013 and 1003 code, and a 04/23/2013 best-before date and 1133 code; and Sprouts label with varying weights with a best-before date of 02/20/2013 and 0513 code and 02/25/2013 best-before date and 0563 code.

As of Saturday, Torn and Glasser had not received any reports of illness from the listed products, the FDA said.

However, consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to eat them and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The company can be contacted at 1-800-282-6887 for information on the recall.

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