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Black Pepper Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Risk
- Updated: September 18, 2014
The Gel Spice Company, Inc. located in New Jersey issued a voluntary recall for 16,433 cases of “Fresh Finds Ground Black Pepper”. The product in question comes in 3.53-ounce plastic jars and is believed to pose possible salmonella risk.
As reported by Food Safety News, the black pepper product is distributed nationwide by Big Lots Retail Stores throughout the US with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska. Based on sampling done by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), finished products were found to contain the salmonella bacteria.
The Best by Dates for the “Fresh Finds Ground Pepper” are located on the bottle’s neck just about the label and include 06/30/17, 07/01/17, 07/02/17, 07/22/17, and 07/23/2017. The recalled product also carries the Fresh Finds brand label and the UPC Code of 4 11010 98290.
At this time, no reports of illness have been reported with the “Fresh Finds Ground Pepper” product but if anyone has purchased this product, they are being asked to dispose of it. In addition, the company stresses that no other size containers or best by dates of this pepper product are associated with the recall.
Samonella bacteria can cause serious infections, and even death, in young children, aging or frail people, and those with a compromised immune system. Someone healthy who becomes infected with salmonella may experience unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.
In rare cases, a salmonella infection results in the organism entering the bloodstream, causing severe illness to include arthritis, endocarditis, and arterial infections.
Consumers can contact The Gel Spice Company, Inc. Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST by calling 718-702-1532.