June 10, 2014 — Olde Thompson, Inc., of Oxnard, California, is voluntarily recalling some black pepper products sold at Costco because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The recalled products include Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper (Item #164998) with a “Best Before” date of 03/2017 and Lot #: OT 065099, OT 065169, OT 065254, OT 065255, OT 065256, and OT 065284. The products were sold in 12.7-ounce plastic jars with UPC code 096619164998.
Because this product has a long shelf life, it is essential that consumers check to see if they own this product. If you do have a product, destroy it and contact your local Costco for a refund or replacement.
According to the FDA press release, the products were sold nationwide from April 4, 2014 through June 4, 2014. Contamination was discovered through routine FDA sampling of consumer products.
The FDA warns:
“In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.”
Salmonella causes a disease called salmonellosis in humans an animals. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and nausea. In some cases, victims may require hospitalization. The disease is more likely to be life-threatening for children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.
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