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Possible salmonella contamination leads to recall of Coarse Ground Black Pepper by Heartland Foods

The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that Heartland Foods Inc., based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, has issued a voluntary recall of all sizes and containers of Coarse Ground Black Pepper.

It is believed that the product in question may be contaminated with the organism Salmonella, which can lead to serious and even fatal health problems.

The Coarse Ground Black Pepper involved in the recall was distributed from the plant between the dates of October 19, 2009 and February 17, 2010. All containers of the possibly infected pepper display the company (Heartland Foods) logo, the name of the product (Coarse Ground Black Pepper) and the actual Net Weight of the product. The following sizes have been including in the recall: 1 lb Quart (jar), 4 lb Gallon and 8 lb Bucket (new pail).

Salmonella poisoning has detrimental effects on those who are healthy and those who have weakened immune systems. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning can include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. If the organism travels into the blood stream, more serious effects can occur, including arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

Heartland Foods, Inc. can be contacted directly with questions regarding the recall at (800) 762-6909 between the hours of 5am to 5pm EST, Monday through Friday.