If you recently purchased ground cumin, you should check the label. Michigan-based Lipari Foods has voluntarily recalled its six-ounce plastic tubs due to potential Salmonella contamination. According to a safety alert from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the potentially affected products were distributed to retailers in 16 states.
Photos shared on the FDA’s Twitter recalled cumin that was sold in plastic tubs. They have a white label that states “Ground Cumin,” “Product of India,” and “Distributed by Lipari Foods.” The lot number is 220914601, the UPC code is 094776212620, and it has an expiration date of 09/2024.
— U.S. FDA Recalls (@FDArecalls) April 21, 2023
Where’s the ground cumin recall?
According to the FDA, the products were distributed to retail stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Lipari Foods was alerted to the potentially contaminated products by the FDA and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) after a sample of the ground cumin tested positive for Salmonella.
The FDA said that there are no reported illnesses in connection with this product to date. Consumers who have purchased this recalled product should not consume it, stated the FDA. The FDA encourages consumers to return it to the point of purchase.
Consumers with questions are encouraged to call Customer Service at 800-729-3354 during business hours, 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates Salmonella bacteria causes about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States every year. They said food is the source of most of these illnesses.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Most people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.