August 28, 2002
American Spice Company Has Recalled Ground Cumin
Miami Fl (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
said that American
Spice Company Inc. has recalled Ground Cumin 2 oz. bottles bearing LOT #
03162002 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an
organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young
children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea
(which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare
circumstance, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting
into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial
infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditic and arthritis.
The Ground Cumin 2 oz. bearing lot # 03162002 was distributed to retail
supermarkets and distributors in South Florida.
The Ground Cumin is packed in a 2 oz. clear plastic bottle Brand Name
American Spice Company Inc. bearing LOT # 03162002 and expiration date of
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by FDA which
revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. American Spice
has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and
American Spice continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased American Spice Brand Ground Cumin 2 oz. are
urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers
with questions may contact the American Spice Company at 305-326-0900 (Ext: