March 27 – 29, 2012 – Castellini Company LLC is recalling certain jalapeno peppers distributed from its Wilder, Kentucky facility and South Florida Produce, LLC is also recalling Jalapeno Peppers. Both companies are recalling Jalapeno peppers because of 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.
While there have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this problem, both companies are collaborating closely with the FDA and adhering to all safety regulations and standards.
The potential for contamination was noted after a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a store in Ohio which revealed the presence of Salmonella in a case of Jalapeno peppers.
Additionally, Club Chef LLC is recalling its 12 oz., 16 oz. and 5 lb. Salsa products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was noted after a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a store in Ohio which revealed the presence of Salmonella in a case of Jalapeno peppers. Jalapeno peppers are one of the ingredients in the Salsa.
At this time, it is unknown if the Jalapeno’s listed in these recalls have come from the same source.
(Sources — FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts)
Contributed By: Michael “Mick” Guerini, Microbiologist and Technical Writer
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