Pistachio Recall Widens

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Pistachio Recall Widens

NEW YORK -- The U.S. recall of pistachio nuts due to potential salmonella contamination has widened, with more snack makers and retailers removing products from store shelves as a precaution.

Among them is PepsiCo Inc.'s North American snack division Frito-Lay, which recalled its unshelled pistachios in 1.75-ounce packages with sell-by dates between July 14, 2009, and Dec. 29, 2009. The company said it had not received any reports of illness related to the product, but was recalling it as a precaution.

Frito-Lay also recalled its bagged pistachios in Canada, where they are sold under the Munchies brand. The recalled Munchies nuts have sell-by dates between Aug. 4, 2009 and Dec. 15, 2009.

Frito-Lay and its Canadian unit said their pistachios were supplied by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the California grower and processor that issued a recall on Tuesday of selected lots of pistachios due to salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said earlier in the week it was conducting genetic testing of samples to see if there was a link between pistachios and several illnesses reported by consumers.

The Western Pistachio Association said its growers and processors were working to ensure the safety of their inventories and that they would keep testing shipments.

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