March 31, 2009

Calif. plant’s spice linked to salmonella

California health officials added Uncle Chen pepper Tuesday to a list of spices from a Union City plant that may carry salmonella.

Union International Food Co. spices have been linked to 42 possible salmonella cases in four states, including 33 in California, the state Department of Public Health said. The company's product line includes spices for Asian foods.

White and black pepper sold under the Uncle Chen brand name was added to the list Tuesday. Last week, the department warned of risk from spices sold under the Lian How name, including black, white and cayenne pepper, paprika, chopped onion, onion powder, garlic, whole peppers, curry powder, mustard powder and wasabi powder.

Union International has initiated a voluntary recall of the spices.