Scores of spices are being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned.
Sauer Brands Inc., is recalling several The Spice Hunter-brand spices. “After initially certifying that our raw material had tested negative for Salmonella, and was fit for human consumption, our supplier notified us of the potential presence of Salmonella in specific lots of organic parsley that it provided to us,” the company said in a news release. “Those lots of parsley were used on two specific days in our production.” As a precaution regarding potential cross-contamination, the company recalled other products produced on the same days.
There are a variety of The Spice Hunter products affected by the recall including Organic Parsley, Saigon Organic Cinnamon, Madagascar Cloves, and Sesame Seeds. A full list can be found here. The spices were distributed to retail stores in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The spices were also sold online at spicehunter.com.
Red Monkey Foods Inc., is also recalling select organic parsley initiated by High Quality Organics after testing revealed the parsley may be contaminated with Salmonella. Red Monkey Foods repackaged the spices into consumer containers for parsley and herbes de Provence, which were sold under the brand names Cost Plus World Market, Great Value, O Organics, and Full Circle. The products were distributed to all 50 states including Puerto Rico. A full list of recalled spices can be found here.
No illnesses have been reported with either company’s spices, to date. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.