Lian How spices recalled - salmonella link

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John King

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spices marketed mainly to Asian restaurants have been recalled by a Union City food company after its pepper products were linked to a recent salmonella outbreak.

The spices are the subject of a consumer alert issued Saturday by the California Department of Public Health, involving the Lian How brand. The department has been working to find the source of salmonella that has sickened 42 people in four states, including 33 in California. No deaths are associated with the outbreak, the most recent case of which was March 13.

The Lian How brand is primarily distributed to restaurants, according to department spokesman Al Lundeen. In addition to pepper, the voluntary recall includes paprika, onion powder and all other ground spices packed by Union International Food Co.

Food inspectors visited the company's Union City plant Friday. They have not determined whether the salmonella is tied to production methods or the ingredients being used.

"We are closing the manufacturing facility and will clean it out" and work with state food officials, Daniel Chen, a manager at the plant, said Sunday. "The problem is, we don't know what is happening."



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