The United States Food and Drug Administration, yesterday, issued a recall for Dragonfly Brand Crushed Chili Powder in 6.3 ounce plastic tubs with lot code 359XP. The chili powder is distributed by US Trading Company of Hayward, California and was sold nationwide in retail stores and food wholesale. The Crushed Chili Powder comes in a 6.3 ounce clear plastic tub. The bar code 7 21557 53317 8 is printed on the front of the tub. The code 359XP is affixed to the bottom of container. The chili powder is a product of Thailand. www.fda.gov
The Dragonfly brand crushed chili powder has 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. www.fda.gov
Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Contaminated foods are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but any food, including vegetables, may become contaminated. Thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the hands of an infected food handler who did not wash hands with soap after using the bathroom. No illnesses have been reported to date from the crushed chili powder.
Because salmonella infection can be dehydrating, treatment focuses on replacing fluids and electrolytes. Severe cases may require hospitalization and fluids delivered directly into a vein (intravenous). Antibiotics, such as ampicillin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, or ciprofloxacin, are not usually necessary unless the infection spreads from the intestines. Some Salmonella bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, largely as a result of the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of food animals. www.cdc.gov
The problem was noted only in code 359XP. Production and distribution of the product has been suspended while FDA, California Dept of Public Health and firm continue the investigation. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 510-781-1818 Monday-Friday between 8:30am through 5:00pm. www.fda.gov