Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Fear not, Pistachio Ice Cream lovers.

I just got off the phone with my pistachio vendor, and he has assured me that the pistachio 'meats' they provide are not part of the current recall. Here's the story, in case you hadn't gotten wind of it yet. Pistachios involved in the recall are of the dry roasted variety, grown and processed in California. The ones we use in our Pistachio Nut ice cream are oil roasted fresh by our vendor in Boston.

Here's the gist of the story:

Supermarkets pulled pistachios and some pistachio-laden foods from their shelves Tuesday, moves resulting from this week's Food and Drug Administration warning to consumers not to eat the nuts because they could be tainted with salmonella.The FDA is scrambling to prevent a repeat of a recent salmonella outbreak from peanuts that has sickened more than 690 people in 46 states. And in Sacramento on Tuesday, a lawmaker introduced legislation to tighten safety standards for foods processed in California.

From what my vendor tells me, the FDA may have underreacted to the peanut contamination recently, and is likely overreacting to the current pistachio one. Although it's hard to argue that over isn't better than under. Nonetheless, authorities are advising people to hold off on popping those pistachios until they can confirm they're not part of this big recall.

And while we're on the topic, the article had some interesting pistachio trivia..

California is far and away the nation's No. 1 pistachio grower, producing 98% of the domestic crop. Globally, it trails only Iran in pistachio farming. About 60% of the crop is exported, making pistachios an important source of foreign currency for both the state and the nation.

Who knew.

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