California widens recall of Bay Area firm’s spices
April 1, 2009
SACRAMENTO ” California health officials are widening a recall of spices produced by a Union City company associated with a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 42 people in four states.
The Department of Public Health said Wednesday the recall of Union International Food Company spices now includes white and black pepper sold under the Uncle Chen label.
The company has initiated a voluntary recall of its retail pepper products as well as other spice products repackaged in its Union City facility.
The state health department says most of the people sickened appeared to have been exposed to salmonella while eating at Asian restaurants that used the company’s pepper products. Most of those sickened are in northern and central California.