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Braga Organic Farms recalls pistachios after Salmonella test

Braga Organic Farms of Madera, Calif., has voluntarily recalled pistachios and other products because of possible  Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were distributed in retail stores in California, Oregon and Washington, and nationwide via online sales.

The products are packaged in clear or green standup bags with date codes stamped on the bottom of the bags. The recalled pistachio products were purchased by consumers from Dec. 28, 2015, through Jan. 27, according to a statement from company president Michael Braga.

Braga Organic Farms label

This is the label of one of the recalled organic pistachio products distributed by Braga Organic Farms. For examples of labels from other Braga products included in the current recall, see the recall notice on the FDA website at: tinyurl.com/BragaPistachioRecall.

The company will not be shipping any orders “until everything is tested and cleared,” he said.

“We were notified yesterday by the FDA that a random sample from the organic raw pistachio kernels contained Salmonella,” Braga says in the undated statement on the company’s website. “There have been no illnesses reported. We have been issuing refunds for those products purchased from 12/28/15 to 1/27/on our website, www.buyorganicnuts,com. Please dispose of the remaining product you have.”

In a separate news release dated Feb. 1,  the company reported the positive Salmonella test result came from a one-pound package of raw pistachios that had been purchased online.

The recalled products and code dates are:

Raw Pistachio Kernels 8 oz 896547002047 JUN 29 2016, JUL 04 2016, JUL 18 2016, JUL 25 2016, JUL 26 2016
1 lb 810126020215 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
2 lbs 896547002306 JUN 28 2016, JUL 13 2016, JUL 27 2016
5 lbs 896547002641 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
Trail Mix 8 oz 896547002139 JUN 29 2016, JUL 7 2016, JUL 11 2016, JUL 26 2016
1 lb 810126020451 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
2 lbs 896547002320 JUL 01 2016, Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
5 lbs 896547002603 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
25 lbs 896547002492 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
Nut Mix 8 oz 896547002177 JUL 06 2016, JUL 07 2016, JUL 11 2016, JUL 18 2016
1 lb 810126020192 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
2 lbs 896547002351 JUL 01 2016, Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
5 lbs 810126020208 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
25 lbs 896547002412 Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16

Consumers who have purchased this recalled product should not consume it. They should destroy it or return it to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions should call 855-661-2101, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm, PST, Monday through Friday.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.


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