Salmonella in Black Pepper, Red Pepper, and White Pepper Linked to National Outbreaks


Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak linked to Pepper Salami

In January 2010, Daniele International Inc. recalled 1,240,000 pounds of ready-to-eat salami (or salame) due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The company has since issued two additional recalls, bringing the total to 1,372,235 pounds of product. The CDC currently counts 245 ill in 44 states and DC in the outbreak tied to Daniele products, and the numbers continue to rise. 1,372,235 pounds of ready-to-eat meat products have been recalled by Daniele International in three separate lots. The CDC has confirmed two different strains of Salmonella in the current outbreak: Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Senftenberg. It is possible that these serotypes will be connected to different kinds of pepper (black and red), but the investigation is on-going. Marler Clark has filed two Salmonella lawsuits on behalf of consumers sickened in the outbreak. On February 25, Wholesome Spice recalled all 25 lb lots of crushed red pepper produced between 4/6/09 and 1/20/10, and on March 1, Heartland Foods recalled black pepper produced between 10/19/09 and 2/17/10 - both because of potential Salmonella contamination.

Union International Food Company Outbreak

Outbreaks in spices are not a new occurrence. In April 2009 an outbreak of Salmonella rissen was traced to white pepper produced by Union International Food Company, and sold under the brand names Lian How and Uncle Chen spices. At least 79 people were sickened with the rare strain of Salmonella during the Union International outbreak, many in Western states. One person was infected while in the hospital for a lobectomy (lung surgery), and died from complications of her Salmonella infection. Marler Clark has filed a Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of her family.

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