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Dragonfly Brand Crushed Chili Powder is being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. The US Trading Company is recalling the product, according to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), although no illnesses have been reported to date. The recall is limited to the chili powder in 6.3 ounce plastic tubs with lot code 359XP.

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. Every year 1.2 million illnesses are attributed to Salmonella, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The time from infection to illness can be one day to three or even more days. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. People with severe diarrhea may also suffer dehydration. The illness can last between four to seven days. However, the CDC warns that without proper treatment, it may result in hospitalization.

The specific product was distributed in retail stores and food wholesale nationwide. The Dragonfly Brand Crushed Chili Powder had the bar code 7 21557 53317 8 printed on the front of the tub. The code 359XP is affixed to the bottom of container. This is a Product of Thailand and is distributed through the US Trading Company in California.

Consumers who have purchased this product should 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 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.

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