Tuesday, March 31, 2009

salmonella outbreak in pistachio nuts

i so love pistachio pa nman tsk!

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FRESNO, Calif. – Federal food safety officials warned Monday that consumers should stop eating all foods containing pistachios while they figure out the source of a possible salmonella contamination.

Still reeling from the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts, the Food and Drug Administration said central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation's second-largest pistachio processor, was voluntarily recalling a portion of the roasted nuts it has been shipping since last fall. A Setton spokeswoman said that amounts to more than 2 million pounds of nuts.

"Our advice to consumers is that they avoid eating pistachio products, and that they hold onto those products," said Dr. David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food safety. "The number of products that are going to be recalled over the coming days will grow, simply because these pistachio nuts have then been repackaged into consumer-level containers."

Two people called the FDA complaining of gastrointestinal illness that could be associated with the nuts, but the link hasn't been confirmed, Acheson said. Still, the plant decided to shut down late last week, officials said.

The recalled nuts represent a small fraction of the 55 million pounds of pistachios that the company's plant processed last year and an even smaller portion of the 278 million pounds produced in the state in the 2008 season, according to the Fresno-based Administrative Committee for Pistachios.

California alone is the second-largest producer of pistachios in the world.

According to the company's Web site, Setton Pistachio is in the corporate family of Commack, N.Y.-based Setton International Foods Inc. The company sells nuts, dried fruit, edible seeds, chocolate and yogurt-coated candies.

The FDA learned about the problem last Tuesday, when Kraft Foods Inc. notified the agency that it had detected salmonella in roasted pistachios through routine product testing. Kraft and the Georgia Nut Co. recalled their Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix the next day.

The FDA contacted Setton Pistachio and California health officials shortly afterward, in what Acheson called a "proactive move."

By Friday, grocery operator Kroger Co. recalled one of its lines of bagged pistachios because of possible salmonella contamination, saying the California plant also supplied its nuts. Those nuts were sold in 31 states.

Fabia D'Arienzo, a spokeswoman for Tulare County-based Setton Pistachio, said the company was only recalling certain bulk roasted in-shell and roasted shelled pistachios that were shipped on or after September 1.

Because Setton Pistachio shipped tote bags of nuts weighing up to 2,000 pounds to 36 wholesalers across the country, it will take weeks to figure out how many products could be affected, said Jeff Farrar, chief of the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health.

"It will be safe to assume based on the volume that this will be an ingredient in a lot of different products, and that may possibly include things like ice cream and cake mixes," Farrar said. "The firm is already turning around trucks in transit to bring those back to the facility."

Salmonella, the most common cause of food-borne illness, is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever and cramping. Most people recover, but the infection can be life-threatening for children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

For nuts, roasting is supposed to kill the bacteria. But problems can occur if the roasting is not done correctly or if roasted nuts are re-contaminated. That can happen if mice, rats or birds get into the facility.

Last winter, a national salmonella outbreak was blamed on a Georgia company under federal investigation for flouting safety procedures and knowingly shipping contaminated peanuts.

The outbreak is still ongoing. More than 690 people in 46 states have gotten sick. Nearly 3,900 products made with peanut ingredients from Peanut Corp of America have been recalled.

California public health authorities have taken hundreds of samples at Setton's processing facility, but lab results have not yet determined whether salmonella was found at the plant, Farrar said. The food companies' own tests of the contaminated products isolated four different types of salmonella, but none were the same strain as the one found in the peanuts, Acheson said.


Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington and Tracie Cone in Fresno contributed to this report.


Thursday, March 26, 2009


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

n.a.i.a airport

gooodddmurneng everyone!! rise and shine!!! weeehhh just woke up.. nweiz happy 10th bday to my baby boi march22'09 (his monthly bday)ejeje

mommy &daddy lovesyealot!!!!kisses.. it's too early pa.. i'll be preparing our things.. we're goin' to fetch ate gold w/ my fam not actually w/ my fam.. but w/ my sister's and nephew's ;)) gottago tata

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

1st monthsary of our 2nd yr as bfgf

1st monthsary of our 2nd yr as bfgf

dinner sa tokyo2x


tambay sa parking lot
pauwi na din agad

i love cotton candy

Monday, March 16, 2009

villa del prado beach and resort

overnight in villa del prado

'course nothing beats pulo
di q feel magpipicture, eon with my hubby's fam side.. ajaja kawawa nman si mama (elie's mom) se xa nagalaga ke ted buong maghapon till next day.. while we're wandering around!!! swim sa pool, nagflirt sa beach! then we played billiards one on one.. weeehh nakakashoot nman aq anech! un nga lang talo pdin aq ng babyq.. saya it's like we're bfgf again we're doing whatev we want to!!!! un nga lang kaasar na din nung madaling araw se sorta full moon.. eh eon magandang mag walk sa seashore lam mo un?! eh nakakabwisit kc nman mga kasabihan ng matatanda! porke preggy e ganito ganyan!!! ganito ganyan my ass!! pulos mga kasinungalingan lang nman!!! jus q asar! romantic moment na sana jaja


it's 2:22pm and yet elie's still sleeping!!!!!! teddy's in his crib sleeping too, and here i am all alone, bored, just finished bathing, i'm clicking his ads at neobux right now! ang init na ng panahon anech??!! hay im just waiting for him to wake up! it's our 2nd yr anniv btw as bfgf ajeje but i think there's no surprise in store for me at all tsk but let's just wait and see too

Friday, March 13, 2009


i just lurve d' flower.. i dunno what kind it is.. it's in my homey ever since..

reyes haircutters lucena city branch

ejejeje went straight to my hubby after getting my wax done! good girl?? ejeje
yer wondering kung nu ni-wax sken anech??ajaja
nagpa-color xa ng hair (red,brown) sa reyes.. renovated na ung place maganda na xa in-fairness di tulad nung dati eon dinner sa mcdo.. xempre la pics nung winawax aq anech! alangan nman picturan aq non privacy nman! sa mcdo niamad na kme magpicx!! kaamad kea magpicture! ndi nman aq camaholic sorta lang lol si ted la sa scene?? xempre habilin muna sa lola nya!! oh db cool iiwan na lang basta2x lol

Thursday, March 12, 2009

globe wattyawannawin

whooow.. i really could say that i am a blessed one ;)) nothing much.. ;)) i'm really just happy for what's happening to me & to my life.. first of all i would like to thank god, mama mary, st.joseph, all angels and all saints for there everyday love and guidance ;D for my family's endless love and for providing me all the comfort in life,giving me money to buy whatever i want and need ;)) to my friends also! ajaja wondering why? for without you gals and pals i wouldn't switch to globe! yer the one who always bother me before to use/buy globe sim! ;)) and now i am! but i'm using both networks okay?for my smart friends to contact me easily!! i'm loving globe! btw i just won 10k in globe wattyawannawin promo!! got it yesterday! cause of globe! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhh....... super blessed??or just plain luck???? ;)) i don't know,but all i know is i'm holding this 10k right into my hands now and still wondering on what to do with this?? ;)) thanks globe i lurve ye!!! ;**