Pistachios from ARO recalled - The Packer

Pistachios from ARO recalled

07/12/2013 02:02:00 PM
Coral Beach

ARO Pistachios Inc.For additional details please see "Another firm recalls ARO nuts because of possible salmonella"

A Los Angeles produce and nut company is recalling a dozen lots of ARO and Treasured Harvest pistachios because of possible salmonella contamination.

However, the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website states neither the agency nor Western Mixers Produce & Nut Co. have found salmonella in any of the company’s finished products distributed in commerce from Oct. 17, 2012 through April 29 this year.

Western Mixers Produce sales representative David Bolstad Jr. said July 12 that he did not have information on who detected possible salmonella contamination or where it was found.

Bolstad suggested contacting ARO Pistachio Inc., Terra Bella, Calif., because the recalled nuts were processed by ARO in the 2012 harvest year. A source at ARO was not available July 12 to comment on the situation.

Western Mixers Produce has ceased production and distribution of the product as FDA, ARO and Western Mixers continue their investigations, according to the recall notice.

Treasured Harvest pistachiosCourtesy Western Mixers Produce & Nut Co.This 12-ounce bag is just one of four package types of pistachios recalled by Western Produce Mixers Produce & Nut Co., Los Angeles, because of possible salmonella contamination.Distribution of the pistachios include shipments to California, Nevada, Ohio and Utah, according to the recall notice. The nuts also went to retail stores in undisclosed states and to customers via mail orders.

The recalled pistachios distributed under the Treasured Harvest brand from Western Mixers Produce are packaged in 6-ounce clear plastic cups, 12-ounce clear bags and 28-ounce clear plastic trays. Lot numbers are available in the recall notice.

Another recall of pistachios from ARO and distributed by Hoop Nuts, doing business as Christophers Nut Co., Van Nuys, Calif., is also listed on the FDA’s website.

Those pistachios were only distributed in California. The FDA’s enforcement report states possible salmonella contamination as the reason for the recall, which began Dec. 24, 2012.

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