Oregon and Washington Firms Recall Products With Pistachios Due to Salmonella Scare

Consumers have undoubtedly heard about the nationwide recall of pistachio nuts by Setton Pistachio (the nation's second largest pistachio processor) due to fears of salmonella contamination. In recent days, the pistachio recall has affected Oregon and Washington firms.

On April 2, 2009, Harry and David, of Medford, Oregon, announced it was voluntarily recalling three Harry & David products, a Mendiant Assortment, a Capiz Chocolate Tower containing Mendiants, and Fruit and Nut Mendiants, because these products contain pistachios that may be part of the recall by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. due to contamination with Salmonella.

On April 3, 2009, Chukar Cherry Co. of Prosser, Washington, announced that it was voluntarily recalling from nationwide distribution specific best before dates of Chukar brand and Norm Thompson brand packaged products containing pistachios from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. sold directly to consumers or resellers due to potential contamination with the Salmonella organism. Chukar Cherry Co. said it had received no reports of illness related to their products containing pistachios; but the company is issuing this recall as a precaution.