FDA Eyes NY Firm in Pistachio Recall Probe

Company spokesman says his plant is spotless

A New York plant tied to a nationwide pistachio recall caused by salmonella fears says it has stopped shipping pistachios and addressed health and safety problems found inside its plant.
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating Commack, N.Y.-based Setton International Foods Inc. as part of the salmonella scare involving its sister company, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc.

A man named Barney Joseph works across the street, and told News 4 New York that Thursday's development doesn't surprise him.

"You would see ... they got rats going back and forth across the fence ... a lot of it," he said.
The central California plant earlier this week recalled 2 million pounds of nuts over fears of possible salmonella contamination.
New York agricultural authorities found live and dead cockroaches and rodent droppings inside the Long Island plant last month.  The plan failed its state health inspection.
Setton production manager Lee Cohen says those conditions weren't related to the recall and the plant is now spotless.

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