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FDA updates spice risk profile; 7,200 samples analyzed

Four years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk profile on the public health dangers associated with spices, identifying the presence of pathogens such as Salmonella and filth in general. It described efforts to reduce the public health risk posed by consumption of contaminated spices and identified control options to prevent contamination…. Continue Reading

Importer recalls ground cumin after NY inspectors find lead

A New York import-export company is recalling an undisclosed volume of ground cumin because it was found to be contaminated with lead. Sol Andino Import & Export of Jackson Heights, NY, distributed the ground cumin to retail stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to the recall notice. Consumers can identify the recalled… Continue Reading

Costco Black Pepper Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

On Friday, Olde Thompson Inc. of Oxnard, CA, issued a recall of its Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper due to potential Salmonella contamination. The product comes in 12.7-ounce plastic jars with a best-before date of March 2017 and UPC code: 096619164998. The lot numbers are OT 065099, OT 065169, OT 065254, OT 065255, OT… Continue Reading

Another Brand of Chili Powder Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

U.S. Trading Company of Hayward, CA, is recalling its Dragonfly Brand Crushed Chili Powder in 6.3-ounce plastic tubs with lot code 359XP because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed nationwide in retail stores and food wholesale. The Crushed Chili Powder comes in a 6.3-ounce clear plastic tub. The bar… Continue Reading

FDA Study: Some Imported Spices Contaminated With Salmonella

Donna Pierce was a 69-year-old grandmother who loved to laugh and thought that laughter would add years to her life. Unfortunately, Pierce was one of 87 people who contracted Salmonella Rissen between 2008 and 2009, and she subsequently died from the infection after spending the last month of her life in the hospital. An investigation… Continue Reading