Salmonella Contamination Found in Black Pepper

Summit Import Corp., at 100 Summit Place, Jersey City, New Jersey, is recalling Yu Yee brand Black Pepper Powder packed in clear plastic 19.4oz bottles under lot No. WH76 because it was found contain Salmonella an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which 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 (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled product Yu Yee brand Black Pepper Powder 19.4 oz bottle was distributed to some Asian retail stores in East Coast States.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after samples collected and tested by VDAC (Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services) found the product contaminated with Salmonella.

Consumers are urged to return this recalled product to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-888-8228, Ext. 132, EST M-F from 10:00AM – 5:30PM Attention: Tony Lee.

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