Union International Food Company of City of Industry, CA is recalling Lian How Brand White Peppers with red labels, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The Lian How Brand White Pepper in 5 lbs plastic containers with red labels were distributed in Southern California to restaurants and wholesalers from September 2008 to March 2009. No other Lian How Brand White Pepper products are affected by this recall.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was the result of a testing done on a shipment of peppers that was purchased around September of 2008 which revealed that the finished products contained the salmonella bacteria. Union International Food Company has informed the FDA of its actions and is fully cooperating with the Agency.
Consumers who have purchased the affected white peppers with red label product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (626) 854-8880.