Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

April 10, 2009

Commissioner Announces Follow-Up to Pistachio Recall

Samples Tested Negative for Salmonella, Inspectors Assist in Recall Activities

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced the Departmentís follow-up with Setton International Foods of Commack, New York that is a provider of nuts and snack foods, and is involved in the recent national pistachio recall. 

Since the onset of the recall, New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketsí food safety inspectors have been coordinating the Stateís investigation activities with the Food and Drug Administration. 

The Department has also been conducting its own inspection activities, including collecting eight food samples and nine environmental swabs from the Commack facility on April 1, 2009, and two additional retail food samples on April 6, 2009.  After thorough analysis at the New York State Food Laboratory, all samples tested negative for salmonella, the causative agent of this nationwide recall of pistachios.


The Department has started conducting recall effectiveness checks, which consist of interviewing Setton customers to ensure that they have been properly notified and instructed by Setton of the existing recall. 


Department food safety inspectors also receive daily updates on the recalled pistachio products and continue to look for these products during the course of all routine inspections.  If inspectors find recalled products on store shelves, they notify store management immediately of the recall and the recalled product they are stocking.


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