Pistachio Co.: Kraft Knew About Salmonella Last Year

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2009 3:03 PM CDT
Kraft Food chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Kraft Foods detected salmonella in a California nut company's product over 6 months ago but didn't notify the firm until last week, a rep for the parent company said today. Roasted nuts from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the company at the heart of the nationwide pistachio recall, failed a Kraft salmonella test in September 2008, the AP reports.

Setton Pistachio recalled more than 2 million pounds of the nuts Monday after a Kraft manufacturer found salmonella in another batch of roasted pistachios on March 20. An FDA food safety official says he thinks Kraft destroyed or recalled the tainted trail mix.