Julian Graves Ltd., an independent natural foods retail chain, is recalling a batch of chili and lemon roasted pistachios after tests detected aflatoxin at levels more than 600 times the legal limit, according to an advisory issued by the UK Food Standards Agency.
The affected batch of nuts, identified as Lot number LF02454, Best before APR2009, was withdrawn from sale on January 2, 2009.
Aflatoxin is a natural toxin produced during the growth of the mold species Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. The toxin is a carcinogen, and its permitted levels in food and in animal feeds are severely restricted in most countries.
Consumers who purchased the recalled pistachios are urged to return them to the store for a refund.