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Spice recalled in South Carolina due to possible ‘fatal’ health risk

A common spice used to prepare the most savory dishes has been recalled from stores across the country, including South Carolina, after it was determined to pose a risk for a potential and “sometimes fatal” infection.

Michigan-based UBC Food Distributors have developed the Baraka brand Ground black pepper sold in 7oz. clear plastic containers after a routine state sample collected by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets tested positive salmonella, according to a recall shared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development notified the FDA of the contamination and production has been suspended as UBC Food Distributors and the FDA investigate the cause of the problem.

The affected product, which was distributed in stores nationwide, has a UPC code of 8 22514 26626 6 and an expiration date of January 2026located on the back label.

According to the FDA website, salmonella “can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” Symptoms often include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, but more serious illnesses, such as arterial infections and endocarditis, can occur in rare circumstances.

Anyone who purchased the recalled product is encouraged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. As of June 3, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall.

For more information and to view photos of the product, visit the recall notice at fda.gov.

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