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Costco Recalls Malabar Black Pepper for Salmonella Risk

Costco Recalls Malabar Black Pepper for Salmonella Risk

June 10, 2014 — Costco and Olde Thompson, Inc., of Oxnard, California, are voluntarily recalling certain lots of Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper.

Routine testing of consumer products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

No illnesses have been linked to the products. However, because it has a shelf-life until 2017, it is essential that customers check to see if they own the recalled black pepper. If so, it should be destroyed and you should contact you local Costco for either a replacement or a refund.

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. Distributed nationwide from April 4 through June 4, 2014.

The FDA warns that Salmonella can cause severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, and vomiting. The disease is not usually life-threatening for healthy adults, but can be deadly for people with weak immune systems, children, or the elderly. According to the FDA:

“In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.”

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