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article imagePeppers recalled due to Salmonella risk

By Tim Sandle     Oct 24, 2014 in Health
An agriculture company based in the U.S. is recalling 6, 215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers due to a potential risk of Salmonella infection.
The company is Bailey Farms Inc. of Oxford, N.C. is voluntarily recalling a lot of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers. The peppers were distributed by Meijer Inc. between October 14 and 19, 2014. The peppers were sold in stores based in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
The affected stores include Meijer’s own establishments, and Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group LLC., C&S Wholesalers, John Vena Inc. and Harris Teeter.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Other symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Sometimes the infection can result in bacterial infection in the bloodstream, which triggers very serious illnesses. The issue came to light following testing undertaken by the Michigan Department of Agriculture on October 13 from a warehouse in the town of Lansing. The department proceeded to notify Bailey Farms that the sample tested positive for Salmonella bacteria.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), customers who have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers from the stores are advised to check with the markets in order to verify if the product was subject to recall. The FDA is working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to investigate the root cause of the potential contamination.
The recall is precautionary and no illnesses have been reported to date.
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