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H-E-B Pistachios Lawsuit: Get the Right Lawyer Today

Texas grocery chain H-E-B has issued a nationwide recall for bulk and packaged raw shelled pistachios because they may be contaminated with salmonella, a bacterium that causes severe foodborne illness.
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What’s the Problem?

This recall affects the following pistachio products sold in H-E-B and Central Market Texas stores:
Product:                                                   UPC:                                      Best By Date:
Shelled Pistachios                                   191200005                            1/1/2017
Central Market Shelled Pistachios           198300006                            1/1/2017

Product:                                                  UPC:                                     Purchased On or After:
SRF Women's Vitality Mix                       2706100000                          5/15/2016
Pistachio Meats Raw Shelled                 2702890000                          5/15/2016
Dark Chocolate Pistachios                     2705350000                          5/15/2016
PPK SRF Women's Vitality Mix               2869780000                          5/15/2016

"H-E-B has issued a recall on raw shelled pistachios out of an abundance of caution," said H-E-B spokeswoman Julie Bedingfield. "Customers with raw shelled pistachios in their homes are asked to return it to their nearest H-E-B for a full refund."

All affected products have been removed from H-E-B and Central Market Texas stores, and no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall. The issue was discovered during routine sampling by the FDA.

Salmonella in Tree Nuts: FDA Study

Salmonella is most often linked to tainted meats like chicken and pork, but the bacterium also has the potential to contaminate a wide range of foods, including a variety of different tree nuts. Indeed, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts have all been responsible for recent salmonella poisoning outbreaks. Therefore, as part of a survey into the prevalence of bacterial pathogens in food products, a team of FDA researchers recently conducted a study into the prevalence of salmonella in tree nuts.

The researchers looked at more than 3,000 samples of 8 different types of tree nuts – Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pine nuts, and walnuts – purchased from supermarkets and smaller stores across the country, as well as from online retailers. To test for salmonella on these nut samples, the scientists began by exposing each of them to a culture broth specifically designed for growing salmonella bacteria.

The results indicated that salmonella was present in just 15 of the samples, made up of cashews, pistachios, and macadamia nuts. However, even in the samples that did test positive for salmonella, the bacteria were present at very low levels, with each gram of the nuts containing, on average, less than 1 salmonella cell.

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Have you or a loved one suffered food poisoning from consuming contaminated food or beverages?

Salmonella Symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic [1], symptoms of salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) typically include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Blood in the stool

Do I have a Pistachio Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in pistachio recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella infection cases in all 50 states.

Again, if you got food poisoning from pistachios, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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