Noticed that there have been loads of salmonella-based recalls lately? That’s due in part to the fact that warm summer weather brings on perfect conditions for salmonella growth. (Photo: Getty Images)
Check your spices before you start tonight’s dinner recipe.
The grocery store chain Kroger has recalled some of its popular spices —Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds — due to a possible salmonella contamination, USA Today reports.
Sound familiar? Over the past few weeks there have been several national food recalls due to salmonella contamination. That’s because summer is officially salmonella season. “The warm weather is a great environment for bacteria, as both heat and humidity facilitate bacterial growth,” Darria Long Gillespie, MD previously told Yahoo Health.
There has also been an increase in food safety precautions in the U.S., therefore more opportunities to find flaws in food quality. In Kroger’s case, a sample of the company’s garlic powder that was tested by the FDA in a South Carolina store was positive for salmonella. Although no one has reported illnesses, Kroger voluntary recalled all four of the spices which were processed using the same equipment.
Recalls were issued by Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Kroger’s system stores — including Jay C., Dillons, King Soopers, Fry’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Smiths — also took the spices off their shelves.
The country is becoming increasingly smarter and better about identifying food borne illnesses which in return activates faster recall.
Most people infected with salmonella bacteria (there are more than 30 types) develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Customers who have purchased the recalled products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement. Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 800-576-4377.
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