Seasoning is supposed to only enhance the flavor of your food.

However, this well-known seasoning could make you sick.

Check your spice cabinets immediately!

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What Seasoning Is Making People Sick?

The United States Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday, June 3rd, 2024.

A Michigan company, UBC Food Distributors of Dearborn Michigan issued the recall for its ground black pepper under the brand name, Baraka!

The ground black pepper affected under the recall is sold in 7-ounce plastic containers with an expiration date of January 2026.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development notified the FDA based on a routine state surveillance sample that was collected.

Why is the ground black pepper being recalled?

It is reported that the ground black pepper may be contaminated with Salmonella.


What is salmonella?

Mayo Clinic shared that, "Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through stool (feces). Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food."

Salmonella poisoning may not be a big deal for certain people, however, many people have experienced diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps within 8 to 72 hours after being exposed.
The bacteria could affect young children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems more than others.
The recalled black pepper was distributed in retail stores in Michigan and nationwide.
Thankfully, there are no illnesses that have been reported. If you have any ground black pepper, you are urged to return them to the place you bought them for a full refund.
You can read the full FDA recall alert for more details.

Top 10 Most Recalled Food Items & How To Stay Safe

The CDC estimates that 48 million people in the U.S. are infected by a food-borne illness every year, and an average of 3000 people even die.

These are the top 10 foods most likely to be recalled, according to Consumer Reports. However, that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy them if you take steps to stay safe.

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