The Anhing Corporation of Los Angeles, California announced today in a press release that they are recalling their 1-ounce packaged black pepper seed because it may 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.
The black pepper seeds were distributed in California, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas and Florida through retail stores. The product is packaged in 1-ounce clear plastic bags under the "Caravelle" brand and has the product code # TL0550.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased distribution of the product while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 323-221-7420.