04/01/2009 - A basic error on the production lines of a California processing plant is thought to have contaminated its pistachios with salmonella, a top federal food safety official said yesterday.
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, the nation's second-largest processor of the nut, ran raw and roasted pistachios through the same machinery on several production lines, said David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food protection at the Food and Drug Administration.
"It's important to get the word out as quickly as possible so that people don't eat contaminated food," said Erik Olson, director of food and chemical safety programs at Pew Charitable Trusts. "They've known about this for about a week, and a lot of people have probably eaten these pistachios. Companies can't immediately trace where their food was headed and who eats it. We still won't know for a long time which products are affected. It just highlights the system is broken."
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