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Six Tons of EDS Wrap and Roll Foods Salmonella Egg Rolls Recalled and Union International Food Company Spice Recall Expanded

More than six tons of egg rolls stuffed with chicken are being recalled by EDS Wrap and Roll Foods LLC of Hayward. The egg rolls were sold to restaurants throughout California, the government says. Meanwhile, the company at the center of a recall of the pepper used in the egg rolls has expanded its recall of still more spices. The egg rolls contain black pepper spice products that may be linked to a multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says Saturday. The following products are subject to recall:

• 9.38 lb. packages of EDS Wrap and Roll Foods LLC "Chicken Egg Roll" which contains 100 pieces of 1.5 ounce chicken egg rolls

• 18.75 lb. packages of EDS Wrap and Roll Foods LLC "Chicken Egg Roll" which contains 100 pieces of 3.0 ounce chicken egg rolls

The frozen chicken egg rolls were produced between July 28, 2008 and March 27, 2009 and bear case codes "80210 through 80365" or "90001 through 90089."

The packages bear the establishment number "P-20350" within the USDA Mark of Inspection printed on the side of the packages.

FSIS says it learned of the problem from the California Department of Public Health as a result of an ongoing investigation into the dry spice recall announced by FDA. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these frozen chicken egg rolls. The chicken egg roll products were distributed to restaurants and institutions in California.

Union International Food Co. of Union City is recalling 15-pound and smaller size packages of its Lian How brand dry spices, 30-pound boxes and smaller size packages of Lian How crushed chili, Uncle Chen brand black pepper (whole and ground) in 5-oz. retail containers, Uncle Chen white pepper (whole and ground) in 5-oz. retail containers and 5 pound plastic bags and the Uncle Chen brand Wasabi powder in 2.2 pound foil bags, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

But there’s more. Also recalled by Union as of Saturday evening are the following:

• Cumin powder

• Cloves

• Crushed chili powder

• Dried cloves powder

• Orange peel powder

• Coriander powder

• Black sesame seed

• Coriander

• Peppercorn powder

• Fennel seed

• White sesame seed

• Fennel seed powder

• Tumeric

• Cinnamon powder

• Ginger powder

• Garlic salt

• Meat tenderizer

• Black pepper salt

• Bay leaves

• Five Spicys powder

• Nutmeg

• Star anise powder

Officials are investigating a multi-state Salmonella outbreak isolated Salmonella from an open container of Lian How White Pepper, which was found at a restaurant where some outbreak victims ate.

The Uncle Chen and Lian How brand spices are distributed in the states of California, Oregon and Washington to wholesalers, distributors, restaurant suppliers and restaurants.

The Lian How brand products are packaged in 10 or 15lbs. boxes with plastic liners, 5-pound plastic jars or 5-pound plastic bags.

The Lian How crushed chili is sold in 30-pound boxes, 8-pound boxes and 3-pound plastic jars.

The Lian How brand products are not generally sold directly to the retail consumer.

The Uncle Chen brand white & black pepper products (whole or ground) are sold at retail in 5oz. containers.

The Uncle Chen brand white pepper (whole or ground) is sold in 5-pound plastic bags.

The Uncle Chen brand Wasabi powder is sold in 2.2 pound foil bags.

Union International Foods Company says it has ceased the production and distribution of these products as the FDA, the California Department of Public Health and company continue the investigation as to nature and full extent of the potential contamination.