updated 4/3/2009 3:23:40 PM ET 2009-04-03T19:23:40

An official representing a company at the heart of a nationwide pistachio recall says Kraft Foods Inc. detected salmonella in its pistachios more than six months ago in a Kraft snack mix.

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Setton International Foods Inc. production manager Lee Cohen said Friday that roasted pistachios from sister company Setton Pistachio Inc. of Terra Bella, Calif., tested positive for salmonella in a Kraft test in September 2008.

Setton Pistachio recalled more than 2 million pounds of the nuts Monday after a Kraft manufacturer found salmonella in another batch of roasted pistachios on March 20.

Food and Drug Administration food safety official Dr. David Acheson says he thinks Kraft destroyed or recalled the tainted trail mix.

Kraft did not immediately respond to a repeated messages seeking comment.

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