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The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the Commack, New York-based sister company of the California firm that has been implicated in the current pistachio-related salmonella outbreak.

According to the story, “Last month, New York agricultural authorities discovered nearly two dozen dead cockroaches, rodent droppings and one live cockroach on an ingredient rolling rack inside the Commack plant, which failed its state health inspection. Inspectors went back for a second visit Wednesday to swab the plant and take food samples to be tested for salmonella and other pathogens as part of the pistachio recall … The test results are pending.”

There still have been no illnesses reported connected to the contaminated pistachios, but federal authorities continue to recommend that consumers not eat them until the situation has been clarified.

Meanwhile, USA Today writes this morning that in California, Setton Pistachio – the company that manufactured the contaminated pistachios – reportedly “had been receiving positive salmonella tests for as long as five months,” and had been destroying not distributing the contaminated product. However, those reports are not confirmed.

Meanwhile, some food experts say that stronger food safety regulations need to be in place that would require companies to be more vigilant and enforce more specific responses to such findings.

KC's View:
Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. New York agricultural authorities “discovered nearly two dozen dead cockroaches, rodent droppings and one live cockroach on an ingredient rolling rack,” and this didn’t set off major alarms and cause the immediate closing of the plant until it could be discovered how serious and systemic a problem this happened to be?

I don't get it. Common sense seems to be in short supply here.