Olde Thompson, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of a specific batch of Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper, item number 164998, as a precaution against possible salmonella contamination. Costco should have already contacted you by phone and/or email if you purchased any of the affected pepper. The recall was conducted after routine testing found the presence of salmonella.
The packages of recalled Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper were distributed by Costco locations all across the US. This recall covers the coarse ground pepper sold in a 12.7 ounce plastic container. You can determine if you have a container that is part of the recall by checking the “Best Before” date on the back of the plastic bottle. If you have any of the KS Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper marked: Best Before Date: 03/2017, you should not consume any of it and should either dispose of it or return it to your local Costco store for a refund. And definitely don’t eat it!
No illnesses have been reported or associated with the ground pepper so far, so this is just a precautionary recall. However, salmonella is nothing to mess around with. This is definitely a case of better safe than sorry. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
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