A New York company has stopped production and recalled curry powder after tests showed the finished product was contaminated with Salmonella. The lack of labeling codes could make the spice difficult to identify.
New Hoque and Sons Inc. of Maspeth, NY, posted the recall today with the Food and Drug Administration. The agency and company are investigating to find the source of the contamination.
The recalled Radhuni brand curry powder was sold in 400-gram plastic bottles and has an expiration date of Jan. 2, 2022. No other identifying label information was included in the recall notice.
Consumers who have purchased Radhuni brand curry powder are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, according to the recall notice. No illnesses had been confirmed in relation to the product as of the posting of the recall.
New Hoque and Sons Inc. reports distributing the recalled spice in New York City to grocery stores in Jamaica, Jackson Heights, and the Bronx. The product was distributed between April 17 and April 21. Removal from stores began on May 14, according to today’s recall notice.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-391-0992.
About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.
Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled spice and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.
Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.
Source: Food Safety News