Salmonella Found in Pepper Supplied by NJ Spice Company

Daniele International, the company linked to the ongoing nationwide <"">Salmonella outbreak just said it found the Salmonella pathogen in some sealed containers of red pepper it received from two suppliers, said the Washington Post. The concern is that other food makers could have used the Salmonella-laced spices.

Daniele’s findings require confirmation by a government laboratory, said the Washington Post. Also, federal investigators are looking into other food makers potentially supplied by either the Wholesome Spice Co. of New York and Mincing Overseas Spice Co. of New Jersey, wrote the Washington Post.

According to Wholesome Spice, the tests conducted by government officials have not yet revealed Salmonella, said the Washington Post, adding that it had not heard from Mincing Overseas on the issues.

A total of 44 states are involved in the outbreak that has sickened 230 and landed about 26 percent of those who fell ill in the hospital, said the Washington Post.

We recently wrote that Daniel’s salami product recall was expanded, yet again, to include an additional 115,000 pounds of salami/salame products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). As with the prior two recalls, the FSIS classified the recall as a Class I, which means that this is a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

On January 10, Daniele International recalled 1.2 million pounds of ready-to-eat salami; that recall was expanded to include another 23,754 pounds of salami products on February 4, said the Post. Daniele International Inc., has operations in Pascoag and Mapleville, Rhode Island.

A confirmed finding of Salmonella was recently discovered in an unopened salami product tested by FSIS and by ingredient testing performed by the company. The product was sampled during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Montevideo illnesses.

Further testing is ongoing at a state health partner laboratory, and may determine if the product contained the Salmonella Montevideo strain linked to the multi-state outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, state health and agriculture departments, and Daniele International are collaborating on this probe.

We recently reported that, according to the SunTimes, a Chicago man filed a lawsuit against Daniele International and Mincing Overseas Trading Company claiming he was sick for “almost a month” after coming in contact with Salmonella-tainted pepper used in a salami product. Another family filed a lawsuit against Daniele International last month claiming a three-month-old boy fell ill after eating its pepper-coated salami, said the SunTimes.

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