SALMONELLA INVESTIGATION UPDATE:
February 26, 2010
by Keith Nunes
Crushed red pepper recalled
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Wholesome Spice of Brooklyn is recalling all lots of 25 lb boxes of crushed red pepper sold between April 6, 2009, and Jan. 20, 2010. The 25 lb boxes were sold in the Northeast, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Samples of product distributed by Wholesome Spice of Brooklyn have tested positive for Salmonella and may be related to the Daniele International, Inc., Italian sausage recall. As part of the Daniele International investigation, the F.D.A. collected and analyzed 153 composite pepper samples. Samples from two lots of crushed red pepper collected from Daniele International have tested positive for Salmonella. The F.D.A. has determined the supplier of the crushed red pepper to be Wholesome Spice of Brooklyn and is now testing to see the type of Salmonella found in the samples matches the outbreak strain.
On March 7, Mincing Overseas Spice Company announced it was recalling two lots of black pepper, identified as lots 3258 and 3309, because of possible contamination with Salmonella. Black pepper was not distributed at the retail level, according to the company, and was shipped to Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.
The black pepper was sold in 50 lb, 25 lb, and 20 lb cartons with Mincing Overseas Spice Company’s name.
To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 245 people in 44 states have been infected with a matching strain of Salmonella Montevideo. Daniele International has recalled approximately 1.2 million pounds of sausage.