Salmonella in Pistachios?

7 04 2009

Pistachios

“BFAD listed a number of US-made pistachio products that had been recalled or withdrawn from the US market because of a possible risk of Salmonella contamination.

The recalled pistachio products are those with the brand names The Georgia Nut Company, Back to Nature, Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, Dillons, QFC, City Market, Foods Co. Jay C, Scott’s, Owen’s, Baker’s, Gerbes, Hilander, Pay Less stores and Setton Pistachio.”

I’ve already emptied a bag of Sunkist pistachios before the news came out.  Actually, it was purchased from SM Supermarket sometime in January or February but was only consumed last month, in several sittings.  Whether or not it was contaminated with Salmonella, I didn’t know (yet).  But my mother suffered from continuous diarrhea and stomach cramps in mid-March and I remember she had consumed pistachios, although in very small amount (she has been avoiding nuts for the last few years due to her arthritis).  Or could it be the tuna steak she cooked that night she experienced a painful diarrhea or the filtered water delivered by a new supplier? After a week and a day, she felt that she needed to be administered with dextrose coz she was already feeling weak.  She had not eaten the regular food during meals co’z she had considerably lost her appetite.  At one point in time, I also experienced a slight diarrhea but I took Loperamide right away and my diarrhea was gone within the day.

We still couldn’t pinpoint the real cause of my mother’s diarrhea or gastroenteritis (the gastroenterologist’s final diagnosis) that time coz we were not able to get the result of her fecalysis as it was done that morning of her scheduled discharge from the hospital.  But based on Wikipedia, Salmonella and E. coli are two of the species of bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis which can be contracted from improperly prepared food and contaminated water.  

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