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Recycled Water Causing
Pistachio Outbreak?

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello Jeff - I see that Pistachio products from California are now being recalled due to Salmonella contamination.  
As I stated a couple of months ago on your program, I believe that the use of "recycled water" also known as sewage treated water, is the direct cause of so many food borne pathogens now being found in our food.
As long as we use sewage water on our crops and in our tree orchards we will continue to have these outbreaks.
I am very surprised that the FDA, USDA and whoever, is NOT checking irrigation water for pathogens. A few pistachios left behind on the machine or a couple of uncooked pistachios mixed with the cooked ones are not the cause of this outbreak. 
The crops take up the water and whatever pathogens are in that water and this is the result, Salmonella AGAIN!
he FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and will issue a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.
The contamination involves multiple strains of Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the pistachios. It is not yet known whether any of the Salmonella strains found in the pistachio products are linked to an outbreak. The FDA is conducting genetic testing of the samples to pursue all links.
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health 
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