The Texas Coffee Company, Inc. of Beaumont, TX, is recalling its 3 ounce and 8 oz. packages of Texjoy red pepper because they have 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 recalled pepper was distributed in retail stores Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.
The product comes in a clear plastic package marked with lot # A29A07A2012, A28A07A2012 & A30A07A2012.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after a supplier of the product to the Texas Coffee Company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some of the red pepper they had shipped to Texas Coffee Company.
Consumers who have purchased product with this code are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-259 3400 (hours the telephone is answered – 8:30-3:30 PM Central Time)