As the result of a recall of Black Pepper by Mincing Overseas Spice Company, Binell Bros. of Dearborn, MI is recalling ground black pepper because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The pepper is packaged in clear, plastic bags weighing between ¼ lb and 10 lbs, and was sold on-site between December 11, 2009 and February 2, 2010. The bags are labeled with stickers identifying the distributor, Binell Bros. Cutlery, but no product code. The product was sold in Michigan only.
Salmonella is 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.
To date, no illnesses have been reported to Binell Bros. Cutlery. However, due to its commitment to the health and safety of consumers, the company has decided to voluntarily initiate this recall.