Sprouts Farmers Market recalls Organic Black Peppercorns due to Salmonella risk

PHOENIX - Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is recalling Organic Black Peppercorns sold under the Sprouts brand name from all stores. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.

The recalled Organic Black Peppercorns were distributed to Sprouts Farmers Market stores in Colorado, Arizona, California, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The product comes in a 2.12-ounce, clear glass jar marked with lot #3287 on the bottom of the container and with an expiration date of October 2016. Each container is identified with an individual label showing the Sprouts Farmers Market company logo, the description: Organic Black Peppercorns.

Sprouts Farmers Market initiated the recall after a sample taken during routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of Organic Black Peppercorns. Upon learning of the sample result, the company immediately removed the following product from store shelves and initiated the process for its destruction.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

FDA More Info link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm391991.htm

Customers with questions may contact Sprouts Farmers Market’s Customer Relations Department Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm PST at (480) 814-8016 or email them  at customerrelations@sprouts.com.

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