HONG KONG, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong
Kong advised people Wednesday not to consume certain batches of U.S. pistachio
products which are suspected to have been contaminated with Salmonella.
"We also appeal to the trade to stop selling the affected products," a CFS
"The CFS has been in close contact with the U.S. authorities in regard to
the Salmonella contamination incident in the country. We are also contacting
local food manufacturers on whether they have used the concerned products. The
CFS will continue to follow up on the latest developments and will collect
samples of pistachio products for tests," the spokesman added.
U.S. authorities said early this week the manufacturer concerned was
recalling all pistachios and related products supplied by Setton Farms after
Sept. 1, 2008, as a precautionary measure. The pistachios are suspected to have
been contaminated with Salmonella.
A total of 28 "Planters" products and eight "Back to Nature" products are
Salmonella is a pathogen that may cause food poisoning. The symptoms
include nausea, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. The symptoms are
more severe in infants and the elderly.