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FDA warns consumers not to eat two brands of pistachios

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat two brands of pistachios that may have mixed with pistachios recalled earlier this year amid a Salmonella scare.

The FDA said Anaheim, Calif.-based Orca Distribution West received and repackaged pistachios by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, which were recalled when supplies were found to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The pistachios are sold under Orca’s California Prime Produce and Orange County Orchards brands in 6 oz. Ziploc bags, with the UPC number 8 10826 01116 2 and sell-by dates of July 30 and Aug. 30.

The FDA and California Department of Public Health launched an investigation of Setton in March when Kraft Foods reported that its Back To Nature Trail Mix had Salmonella, prompting Setton to voluntarily recall about 1 million lbs. of pistachios. The FDA found the recent contamination at Orca during a routine audit to follow up on the Setton recall.

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Nestle announces voluntary recall of cookie dough

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. Regulators are warning consumers not to eat a brand of prepackaged cookie dough due to the risk of E. coli contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that any packages of Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough should be thrown away, and cooking the dough could lead to contamination if the bacteria gets on the hands.

In its announcement of a voluntary recall of the products, Nestle said the recall did not affect already-baked Toll House cookies purchased outside the home, Toll House morsels, chocolate baking bars and cocoa or ice cream with Toll House cookie dough sold under the Dreyer’s and Edy’s brands.

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Kellogg’s, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ host help fight hunger with Feeding America

BY Anna Mcgrath

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Kellogg Co. announced that it is teaming up with Samantha Harris, co-host of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and correspondent and fill-in anchor of CBS’ “The Insider”, to help fight hunger.

Recent reports showed that 1-in-8 Americans is struggling with hunger, and food banks across the country are challenged to keep up with rising needs.

Beginning June 17, consumers can visit www.kelloggs.com/feedingamerica to make a donation to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger relief organization. Consumers who donate $5 or more will receive Kellogg’s cereal coupons worth a total of $5. The company also will donate an entire day’s worth of cereal production, more than 55 million cereal servings.

“I’m hopeful that this donation will make a significant impact for families in need across America,” said David Mackay, president and CEO of Kellogg Co. “Not only do we feel that it’s our responsibility to give back to those who have been hit hard by the economic downturn, but we’re also trying to provide others with the opportunity to help this important cause.”

The consumer donation program will run for three months, or until the company reaches its goal of $1 million in total consumer donations. Since Feeding America was founded, Kellogg’s has donated more than 224 million lbs. of food over the past 10 years.

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