recalled Shri Shiva sambar powder packageShri Shiva Foods Inc. is recalling MTR branded sambar powder because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The company, based in Long Island City, NY, sold the packaged sambar powder from January through October through two wholesalers, one in New York and one in Ohio. Distribution beyond the wholesale level is not included in the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website.

Consumers can identify the recalled MTR sambar powder by looking for specific information on individual 200-gram packages, which weigh about 7 ounces. The coding “LOT NO# 15J27C, MFD.27.10.15” is printed on the plastic pouches.

No illnesses had been reported as of the posting of the recall notice on Monday afternoon.

The FDA discovered the potential contamination through previous product sampling, according to the recall notice..

Consumers who purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s consumer affairs at 347-581-7931, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

Anyone who has eaten the recalled multi-spice powder and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctor doctor about the possible Salmonella exposure.

Salmonella is a microscopic organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that  may be bloody, nausea,vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

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