Sunday, May 18, 2014

Maybe not spice things up?

Last week, the FDA announced that US Trading Company was recalling one of its product due to the possibility that it had salmonella contamination.  Salmonella is   The product in question is Dragonfly Brand Crushed Chili Powder.

The Mayo Clinic notes:

Salmonella infection is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food. 
Typically, people with salmonella infection have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment. In some cases, the diarrhea associated with salmonella infection can be so dehydrating as to require prompt medical attention. Life-threatening complications also may develop if the infection spreads beyond your intestines. Your risk of acquiring salmonella infection is higher if you travel to countries with poor sanitation.

We weren't aware, until last week, that dried spices would be able to pass on Salmonella.  However, in 2013, CBS News reported the FDA was finding salmonella in imported spices.
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