Two Firms Recall Celery Seed For Salmonella

Two firms have just issued recalls for potentially contaminated celery seed, said the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The celery seed has been recalled over potential contamination with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Salmonella pathogen.

No illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with these recalls; however, it can take some time from ingestion of a contaminated product for symptoms to manifest.

The most common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, with symptoms manifesting, usually, within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required.

Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses. Salmonella, can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, leaving sufferers with serious life-long health issues. Salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Swanson Health Products

This recall is for Swanson Organic Celery Seed (Whole) packaged in plastic bottles with a net weight of 1.4 ounces (40 grams) and that was sold at the Swanson Health Products retail store, 109 Broadway N., Fargo, North Dakota; shipped directly to on-line or mail-order consumers; or held for pick up by the consumer at Swanson Health Products headquarters.

The recalled Swanson Celery Seed was sold between June 16, 2011, and December 16, 2011 and bears lot number BESTBY03JUN2013 1541102C and UPC 0-8761424048-0. Both codes can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

Swanson Health Products became aware of the potential contamination after being notified by its supplier, B & M, Inc., Mount Vernon, Missouri, which had previously learned of the potential contamination from its supplier. No other Swanson spices are involved.

Consumers in possession of the recalled celery seed may return it to Swanson Health Products headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, for a full refund. B&M, Inc. can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.321.5852, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST). Swanson Health Products Customer Care can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.451.9304, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

B&M, Mount Vernon, Missouri

This recall is for O Organics Organic Celery Seed sold at all Safeway-owned stores, including Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Vons.

O Organics Organic Celery Seed is packaged in a glass bottle with a net weight of 1.8 ounces (51g) and marked with UPC 0-7989341124-8. The product was sold from May 25, 2011 through December 16, 2011. Bottles with the following lot codes and “Best By” dates are subject to the recall:

  • • Lot 1381102A; Best By Date May 18, 2013
  • • Lot 2141102A; Best By Date August 02, 2013
  • • Lot 2591106A; Best By Date September 16, 2013
  • • Lot 2741106A; Best Buy Date October 01, 2013
  • • Lot 2921102A; Best Buy Date October 19, 2013
  • • Lot 3321110A; Best Buy Date November 28, 2013

The lot number and best by date can be found on the bottom of the bottle; no other O Organics spices are involved.

B&M, Inc was notified by its supplier that one lot of Organic Celery Seed was potentially contaminated with the Salmonella contamination; the recall is based on a positive result for Salmonella found during routine testing.

Consumers in possession of this recalled product may return it to the store at which it was purchased for a full refund. B&M, Inc. can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.321.5852, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST). Safeway can be reached, any time, at 1.800.SAFEWAY.

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