(ABC News)–The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people not to eat pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios as they have been linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak, a statement says.
There have been 11 cases across nine states, including two people hospitalized, according to the CDC. There have been no deaths reported. Cases have been reported in: Washington, Arizona, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama.
Wonderful Pistachios is based in Lost Hills, California, and voluntarily recalled “a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shall and shelled pistachios because they may be contaminated with the bacteria.
The pistachios that could be at risk can be identified by “a 13-digit lot code number, which can be found on the lower back or bottom panel of the package.”
The statement says the pistachios are sold under brand names Wonderful, Paramount Farms and Trader Joe’s, and were sold nationwide and in Canada.
“This investigation is ongoing, and we will update the public when more information becomes available.” the statement concludes.
The Wonderful Company also released a statement, “Wonderful Pistachios takes food safety matters very seriously and is working closely with health officials to identify the source of the problem. In an effort to further enhance our food safety program and ensure the health and well being of our consumers, we have, effective immediately, proactively increased our sampling frequencies and lot size testing. The implementation of these augmented safety protocols further exceeds established industry best practices and bolsters our long-standing commitment to producing the highest quality, most wholesome and safest pistachios in the world.”