Today, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a statement that Olde Thompson Inc. of Oxnard, Calif. is recalling Kirkland brand pepper sold at Costco stores because of possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as Salmonella can cause serious illness. This recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the FDA. Sold exclusively at Costco Wholesale Club nationwide between April 4, 2014 and June 4, 2014
The items sold is identified by the name Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper 12.7 OZ Plastic Jars with the UPC code: 096619164998. Anyone who has the product should stop using or not open the product. The pepper can cause stomach ailments along with a host of other symptoms.
The FDA details Salmonella contamination with the following symptoms: “Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, 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.” www.fda.gov
According to the FDA the “ recall affects 5,153 cases of recalling Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper 12.7 OZ Plastic Jars with a Best Before date of 03/2017 and Lot #: OT 065099, OT 065169, OT 065254, OT 065255, OT 065256, and OT 065284 located below the back label.” The bacterium was discovered during routine FDA sampling of consumer products.
The FDA advices that if you have the recalled product, please do not consume it. Please dispose of the recalled product and its container. According to Olde Thompson website customers who have purchased these products and have any questions should contact an Olde Thompson Customer Care Representative at 1-844-568-5555 between the hours of 8:30AM and 8:00PM CST. www.oldethompson.com