Salmonella Tainted Pepper Prompts More Recalls

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration just announced three recalls linked to potentially Salmonella-contaminated pepper originating from a recall announced March 5, 2010, of Black Pepper by Mincing Overseas Spice Company. To date, no incidents or illnesses have been reported in connection to the three recalls described below.
Salmonella 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.

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Snack Mix and Cashew Products
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. is recalling its Snack Mix and Cashew Products, which have been flavored with seasoning containing the recalled black pepper. The recalled products were sold soled under the Fisher brand in bulk self-service bins in Fisher Outlet Stores in Northern Illinois and were also distributed nationwide under the Archer Farms brand exclusively at Target retail stores. A complete list of recalled items can be accessed at: The FDA is advising consumers who have recently purchased the recalled items not to consume the products and return them to the store of purchase for a full refund or replacement.

C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. Products

C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. recalled products in its Sunbird Seasonings, Williams Wings Seasonings, and Williams Gumbo Soup lines. The recalled products were sold in grocery, warehouse, and other retail outlets throughout the United States. Code dates are printed on the side of master cases and embossed on the side seals of individual pouches. A complete listing of the recalled products is available at: The FDA is advising consumers with questions or who would like a refund or replacement product to keep the unopened package and contact C. H Guenther, toll-free, at 1-800-847-5608, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

Spice Barn, Inc. Black Pepper
Spice Barn is recalling two lots of Black Pepper due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella, as follows. All items packaged with this lot number are subject to this recall:

• Malabar Peppercorns: Lot MTC-3258, 1- and 5-pound bags, distributed between: 1/26/10 to 2/8/10.

• Ground Black Pepper: Lot MO-3258T, 1- and 5-pound bags, distributed between: 12/08/09 to 2/8/10.

The recalled items were distributed to a small number of customers in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, California, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Washington State, Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Arizona, and Arkansas. Spice Barn is contacting each customer directly and offering a replacement or refund. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to us them and to destroy the product. Consumers with questions regarding the products listed may call Spice Barn customer service, toll-free, at: 1-866-670-9040, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday, Eastern Standard Time.

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