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Ground black pepper recalled nationwide over possible salmonella contamination

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June 04, 2024

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning people to check their cabinets for black pepper which could contain a dangerous organism.

The FDA announced on Monday, June 3 that UBC Food Distributors, based out of Michigan, is recalling its “Ground Black Pepper” product under the Baraka brand name as it may be contaminated with salmonella. The products were sold in seven ounce containers with a UPC code of 8 22514 26626 6.

Salmonella can cause serious and even deadly infections in people, especially those who are young, frail or elderly and those who have weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected by salmonella may display symptoms of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever. On rare occasions, salmonella can spread into the bloodstream and cause severe arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

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The FDA said the recalled black pepper was sold in retail stores nationwide. Each black pepper product bears an expiration date of January 2025 on the back of the label. No illnesses have been reported yet in connection to this recall.

The issue was first noticed after a routine surveillance sample collected in New York revealed a positive test for salmonella in some of the black pepper products. Further production of the pepper is being suspended while an investigation takes place.

The FDA said if you purchased any of the recalled products, you are urged to return it for a full refund. If you have any questions, you can call the producer at 313-846-8117 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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