Spice Recall Expanded to Retail Stores


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The recall now includes white and black pepper from the Uncle Chen product line. The Union International Food Company makes the spices. Originally officials said to avoid eating spices from this company that they found being used mainly at Asian restaurants. Now the Uncle Chen pepper sold in retail stores is on the list.

The Department of Public Health says the salmonella outbreak has caused more than 30 Californians in Central and Northern California to get sick. Three other states, including Oregon, have reported cases of illness. No deaths have been reported. Salmonella poisoning can be especially harmful to kids or the elderly -- symptoms include fever, stomach cramps and vomiting.