Two recalls have been issued as a result of a potential Salmonella risk in sesame seeds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.
Salmonella, which is usually found in food and water contaminated with animal feces, is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiterâ€™s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.
Juliaâ€™s Spicesâ€™ Hulled Sesame Seeds
Juliaâ€™s Spices Inc., of City of Industry, California is recalling all Hulled Sesame Seeds distributed between November 17, 2009 and February 25, 2010. Its supplier notified Juliaâ€™s Spices Inc. of this contamination.
Consumers who have purchased the following recalled items are urged to return them to the place of purchase; questions can be directed to the Julia’s Spices Inc, at 1-626-369-5525 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Wednesday. To date, no illnesses have been reported to Julia’s Spices Inc.
The affected Hulled Sesame Seeds, also known as White Sesame Seeds, were distributed in plastic bags between November 17, 2009 and February 25, 2010 in California and Utah by Julia’s Spices Inc.’s through retail stores. Only the following products are being recalled:
â€¢ Julia’s Spices Ajonjoli/Sesame Seed: UPC 810338001330, package size 3.5 ounces.
â€¢ Julia’s Spices Ajonjoli/Sesame Seed: UPC 810338000043, package size 3.5 ounces.
â€¢ Julia’s Spices Ajonjoli/Sesame Seed: UPC 810338000043, package size 1 9/16 ounce.
Spice Industrial Inc. How White Sesame Seeds
Spice Industrial Group Inc., of City of Industry, California is recalling Lian How White Sesame Seeds supplied by Specialty Commodities Corporation and distributed from November 6 to December 11, 2009. Spice Industrial Group Inc. was notified of this contamination by its supplier, Specialty Commodities Corp. To date, no illnesses have been reported to Spice Industrial Group Inc.
The affected Lian How White Sesame Seeds packaged in five-pound white plastic bags with Specialty Commodities Corp. labels and were distributed to retail markets, restaurants and wholesalers in Southern California between November 6, 2009 and December 11, 2009. Consumers who have purchased this item are urged to return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with any questions may contact Spice Industrial Group Inc., at 1-626-854-8880 between the hours of 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday.