The recalled organic black peppercorns were distributed to Sprouts Farmers Market stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The product comes in a 2.12-ounce, clear glass jar marked with lot number 3287 on the bottom of the jar with an expiration date of October 2016. The UPC is 8-74875-00425-4. Each container is identified with an individual label showing the Sprouts Farmers Market company logo, the description: Organic Black Peppercorns.
Sprouts initiated the recall after a sample taken during routine FDA testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of organic black peppercorns.
As an extra precautionary measure, the company is also voluntarily recalling the following brands of black peppercorns from all store:.
- Frontier Organic Whole Black Peppercorns sold in a 16-ounce container with lot #3256 and UPC 0-89836-02603-3
- Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Black Peppercorns sold in 2.12-ounce container with lot #3246 and UPC 8-74875-00425-4
- Simply Organic Whole Black Peppercorns sold in 2.65-ounce container with lot codes 3221 and 3262, and UPC 0-89836-18524-2
Customers who have purchased the recalled products are urged not to use or consume them and to return the products to any Sprouts store for a full refund. Those with questions should call Sprouts Farmers Market's Customer Relations Department Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at (480) 814-8016 or email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, it can cause more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA contributed to this report.