Ground pepper recalled for possible Salmonella contamination

UBC Food Distributors is recalling Baraka ground black pepper, sold nationwide in seven-ounce containers, for possible Salmonella contamination - Image by FDA

Health officials are trying to trace the source that has been found in other food products

UBC Food Distributors in Dearborn Michigan is recalling the Ground Black Pepper under the Baraka brand name in 7oz plastic containers with UPC code 8 22514 26626 6. The company says the product could be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled "black pepper" was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product comes in a 7-ounce, clear plastic package marked with an expiration date of January 2026 on the back of the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) notified the company of the contamination based on a routine state surveillance sample collected by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets that tested positive for Salmonella.

Production of the product has been suspended while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

What to do

Consumers who have purchased a 7-ounce container of ground black pepper are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 313-846-8117 Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.

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