MN man gets salmonella from recalled pistachios

Wonderful Pistachios recall
Wonderful Pistachios is voluntarily recalling a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shell and shelled pistachios due to a risk of salmonella contamination.
Courtesy of FDA

The state Department of Health is urging consumers to check their pantries for recalled pistachios after a Minnesota man contracted salmonella from contaminated nuts.

So far, 11 people in nine states have been infected by the same strain of salmonella linked to California-based Wonderful Pistachios.

The company has voluntarily recalled 46 lots of its product, which is sold under brand names Wonderful, Paramount Farms and Trader Joe's.

The health department's Dr. Kirk Smith says more Minnesotans could be infected and should seek care if they have symptoms associated with salmonella, are predominantly diarrhea and fever.

"We've got the one laboratory confirmed case," Smith said. "For every one of those that gets laboratory confirmed, the estimates are that there are 29 more. So there most certainly are other ill people out there."

For those who might be sick, Smith said, consult a doctor and "mention that you've eaten a product that was recalled for salmonella contamination, so they know to manage your case appropriately."

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