September 5, 2003
Golden Luck, Inc. Recalls "Red Pepper
Powder" Because of Possible Health Risk
Golden Luck, Inc. of Commerce, CA is recalling 1.4 oz bottles of red pepper
powder 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), endocarditis and arthritis.
The recalled "Red Pepper Powder" was distributed to Mountain View,
California; Seattle, Washington; and Honolulu, Hawaii in retail stores. The
product comes in a 1.4 oz glass bottle with a green top marked with a
red-orange and white label from Wu Hsing Co. LTD. The bar code used to
identify this product 4710868801065. No illnesses have been reported to date
in connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was noted
by a sample testing by the FDA, which revealed the presence of Salmonella in
the 1.4 oz bottles of "red pepper powder."
Consumers who have purchased Wu Hsing "red pepper powder" (bar code:
4710868801065) are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full
refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-323-6114.