Setton Pistachio Lawsuits – Salmonellosis Legal Recourse

In April 2009, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, the second largest pistachio producer in the United States, announced a recall of its 2008 pistachio crop after salmonella were found in some of its pistachio products. Subsequently, the FDA issued a blanket warning cautioning consumers not to eat any products containing pistachios until further notice. According to the FDA, potentially contaminated pistachio products, such as ice cream, trail mix and cake mix, are sold at all of the nation’s largest stores, including Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger and Whole Foods. Consumers should carefully check all food labels to avoid the risk of contracting salmonella.

Setton Pistachio Recall

In March 2009, a routine food inspection at Kraft Foods revealed salmonella bacteria in some of it products containing pistachios. Kraft Foods promptly notified its pistachio supplier, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, about the salmonella contamination. In response, Setton Pistachio issued a recall of bulk pistachio products shipped to wholesale customers after September, 2008. Later, the recall was expanded to include Setton Pistachio’s entire 2008 pistachio crop.

A subsequent investigation by the FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) revealed that Setton Pistachio had violated several food safety guidelines. At the company’s California facility, roasted pistachios were not always separated from raw nuts, which might have caused salmonella cross-contamination. At Setton’s New York plant, several dead cockroaches and rodent droppings were found. The presence of droppings is dangerous because salmonella-infected animals can pass the bacteria in their feces, which can then contaminate the food items produced at the plant.

Setton Pistachio Lawsuits

While Setton Pistachio issued a recall of its products in March, 2009, the FDA investigation revealed that the company might have known about the salmonella contamination several months before taking remedial action, yet continued to ship its products, thus potentially exposing thousands of customers to grave health risks. Currently, 50 possible cases of pistachio-related salmonella food poisoning have been reported from locations throughout the United States. If the salmonella victims can prove that their illness was caused by salmonella-tainted pistachios, they might be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, physical suffering and emotional distress.

Pistachio Salmonella Food Poisoning: Legal Help

If you or your loved one has developed salmonellosis after eating products containing pistachios, you might be entitled to compensation for your financial, physical and psychological damages. If the facts so indicate, the attorneys of AWKO can help you file a personal injury lawsuit against Setton Pistachio and/or other responsible parties. The Pensacola, Florida lawyers of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz have many years’ experience handling food poisoning cases. In addition to helping salmonellosis victims obtain justice, they specialize in resolving legal issues arising from E. coli, campylobacter, shigella and fish poisoning cases. Contact the law offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz at (844) 794-7402 for a thorough case review and sound legal advice.