Red Peppers Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

Another recall linked to potential <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella contamination has been announced. TotalRecallInfo.com wrote that The Texas Company, a manufacturer of coffee and spices, recalled some of its red pepper products.

The Salmonella pathogen can cause serious, sometimes fatal Salmonellosis infections in young children; weak or elderly people; and those with weakened immune systems, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy or who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and other immune system compromising diseases.

Salmonella is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces and is a group of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals, causing contamination when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements involved in food storage.

The Texas Company has issued a recall for its three- and eight-ounce packages of Texjoy red pepper, said TotalRecallInfo.com. The recalled spice was sold in retailers in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana and was delivered in clear plastic packages that bear lot numbers A29A07A2012, A28A07A2012, and A30A07A2012, reported TotalRecallInfo.com. Texas Coffee said it learned of the possible contamination from its supplier and that no illnesses related to the recalled spice has been received, to date.

TotalRecallInfo.com said consumers can return the recalled pepper to the store of purchase for a refund and can contact the firm with any questions, toll-free, at 1-800-259-3400.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain within 12 to 72 hours of contamination. Generally, the illness lasts a week, but, in some, hospitalization is required because the infection may have spread to the blood stream and other body sites, producing more significant illnesses. Without treatment, severe cases of Salmonella poisoning can result in arterial infections—such as infected aneurysms—endocarditis, arthritis, and death. Some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals. Salmonella poisoning can also lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.

Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-related outbreaks of stomach illness worldwide. As a matter-of-fact, yesterday we wrote about two other recalls issued over Salmonella contamination concerns.

Ocean Mist Farms announced a voluntary recall of about 1,746 cases of Iceless Green Onions after federal regulators confirmed a positive test for the Salmonella on Iceless Green Onions supplied by Circle Produce to several shippers, including Ocean Mist Farms. Melon Acres also announced the recall of cantaloupes that were distributed through Farm-Wey Produce of Lakeland, Florida following a testing on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed one of a sample of twenty cantaloupes taken by the FDA tested positive for Salmonella.

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