Kroger Recalls Shelled Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk

TERRA BELLA, Calif. (AP) _ Officials are investigating a central California plant that processed pistachios tied to nationwide recalls of trail mix and bagged nuts because of possible salmonella contamination.

The California Department of Public Health said Monday it was investigating Setton Farms in Tulare County.

Officials say Setton sent its pistachios to the Georgia Nut Co., which recalled its Kraft Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix on Wednesday.

Grocery operator Kroger Co. says the California firm also supplied the line of pistachios it recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. Those nuts were sold in 31 states at Kroger stores, including Dillons stores in Kansas.

Kroger's recall involves its Private Selection Shelled Pistachios. They were sold in ten-ounce containers, with sell by dates of December 13th and 14th, 2009. The nuts also have the UPC code of 11110 73615.

People who bought the Kroger nuts should return them to the store for a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain.

Consumers who have questions about the above recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 697-2448.

Setton Farms and the Food and Drug Administration did not immediately respond to calls for comment.

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