Salmonella scare results in recall of organic celery seeds

Organic celery seeds made by B&M Inc. and Swanson Health Products are being recalled because the herbs may be contaminated with salmonella. Both brands of organic celery seeds were sold in retail stores or online.

B&M Inc. sells the O Organics Organic Celery Seeds and also supplies the Swanson Organic Celery Seed (Whole) to Swanson Health Products. O Organics Organic Celery Seeds were sold at all Safeway-owned stores including Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavillions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Vons. Safeway’s O Organics Organic Celery Seed is packaged in a glass bottle with a net weight of 1.8 ounces. It was sold from May 25 to Dec. 16.

Swanson’s celery seeds were sold either at the company’s retail store in Fargo, North Dakota, or online by mail order. The company’s affected products include celery seeds packaged in plastic bottles with a net weight of 1.4 ounces.

Salmonella is a type of food poisoning caused by the Salmonella bacterium. Food may be contaminated with the bacterium either through processing or handling. When the tainted food is consumed, people can get sick. Symptoms usually develop 12 to 72 hours after infection and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts for four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment, but older adults, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are at risk for serious complications and possibly death.

The companies say they have received no reports of illness associated with the recalled organic celery seeds.

Source: Reuters