• Ground Black Pepper Recalled Nationwide
  • September 30, 2014 | Author: Jennifer L. Keel
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
  • Gel Spice Company of Bayonne, New Jersey, has voluntarily recalled 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper due to a possible Salmonella risk. The recall came as a response to samples taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which revealed the finished product contained the bacteria.

    Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper, sold exclusively at Big Lots Stores nationwide with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, comes in 3.53 oz. plastic jars with "Best By" dates of 6/30/17, 7/01/17, 7/02/17, 7/22/17 and 7/23/17 printed on the neck of the bottle. The UPC Code on the label is 4 11010 98290 1.

    Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 42,000 cases of Salmonella poisoning are reported in the United States each year. While most people recover in four to seven days without treatment, the bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

    Though there have been no illnesses reported with the product, consumers who have purchased it are encouraged to dispose of it.

    No other sizes of container or "Best By" dates are affected by this recall.