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Spice Recall Increased Because of Salmonella Contamination

FDA announced that Union International Food Co. is expanding a spice recall to include all Lian How brand and Uncle Chen brand sauces, oil and oil blends in various size packages because the products may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. The company had previously recalled Lian How brand and Uncle Chen brand dry spices.

California state health department officials say the salmonella outbreak has sickened 33 people throughout northern and central California, and nine others in Nevada, Oregon and Washington. No deaths have been reported. Officials say most of the people sickened appeared to have been exposed to salmonella while eating at Asian restaurants that used the company’s spices.The company said salmonella was isolated from an open container of Lian How white pepper.

The Uncle Chen and Lian How brand products were distributed to retailers, wholesalers, distributors, restaurant suppliers and restaurants. Details: By phone at 510-471-6799; on the Web at http://www.ufunionfood.com.

The recall includes the following Lian How brand items:

– Chili sauce; 8 oz., 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Hot bean sauce; 8 oz., 16 oz., 32 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Bean sauce; 8 oz., 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Hot broad bean sauce paste; 8 oz., 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Sweet flour sauce; 8 oz., 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– 100 percent sesame oil; 6 oz. and 10 oz. glass bottles.

– Chinese style sesame & soybean oil; 8 oz., 16 oz., .5 gallon and 1 gallon plastic bottles.

– Jai Sun blended sesame & soybean oil; 8 oz., 16 oz., .5 gallon and 1 gallon plastic bottles.

– Mei Wei blended soybean & sesame oil; 8 oz., 16 oz., .5 gallon and 1 gallon plastic bottles.

– 100 percent black sesame oil; 8 oz. and 16 oz. plastic bottles

– Sesame oil; 1 gallon plastic bottle.

– Chili oil; 8 oz. and 1 gallon plastic bottles.

– Superior red chili oil; 10 oz. glass bottle.

– Hot sesame oil; 6 oz. glass bottle.

– Paprika; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Cayenne; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Chopped garlic; 15 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Minced garlic; 15 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Granule garlic; 15 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Garlic powder; 15 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Chopped onion; 6 x 4 lb. plastic jars.

– Onion powder; 6 x 4 lb. plastic jars.

– Whole white pepper; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Ground white pepper; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Whole black pepper; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Ground black pepper; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Curry powder; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Mustard powder; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Wasabi powder; 8 x 5 lb. and 10 x 2.2 lb. plastic bags.

– Cumin powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Crushed chili; 8 lb. and 30 lb. boxes, 6 x 3 lb. plastic jars.

– Orange peel powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Black sesame seed; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Pepper corn powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– White sesame seed; 10 lb. boxes, 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Turmeric; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Ginger powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Meat tenderizer; 6 x 10 lb. plastic jars.

– Bay leaves; 10 lb. boxes.

– Cloves; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Dried cloves powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Coriander powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Coriander; 6 x 3 lb. plastic jars.

– Fennel seed; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Fennel seed powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Cinnamon powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Garlic salt; 6 x 9 lb. plastic jars.

– Black pepper salt; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Five spicys powder; 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Nutmeg; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

– Star anise powder; 6 x 5 lb. plastic jars.

The recall includes the following Uncle Chen brand items:

– Hunan red chili sauce, 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Sriracha chili sauce; 17 oz. and 28 oz. plastic bottle.

– Garlic chili sauce; 8 oz., 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Extra hot garlic chili sauce; 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Fresh ground chili paste; 8 oz., 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Fresh ground chili paste; 16 oz., and 1 gallon plastic jugs.

– Black bean garlic sauce; 16 oz. plastic jugs.

– Whole white pepper, 24 x 5 oz. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Ground white pepper, 24 x 5 oz. plastic jars, 10 x 5 lb. plastic bags.

– Whole black pepper, 24 x 5 oz. plastic jars.

– Ground black pepper, 24 x 5 oz. plastic jars.

– Wasabi powder, 10 x 2.2 lb. plastic or foil bags.