Salmonella threat prompts organic celery seed recall

Salmonella may have contaminated ‘O’ Organics Celery Seed sold in Alaska. In response B&M, Inc., makers of ‘O’ Organics Celery Seed, have issued a recall.

The recall targets bottles sold at stores between May 25 and Dec. 16. The spice is packaged in a glass bottle with a net weight of 1.8oz (51g) and marked with a UPC 0-7989341124-8.

Recalled bottles have the following Lot Number and Best By Date printed on the bottom:

Lot Number Best By Date

1381102A May 18, 2013

2141102A Aug. 02, 2013

2591106A Sept. 16, 2013

2741106A Oct. 01, 2013

2921102A Oct. 19, 2013

3321110A Nov. 28, 2013

No other ‘O’ Organics spices are affected.

Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed distribution of this product in Alaska. However, as of Monday afternoon there have been no reported illnesses in Alaska or other states.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea — possibly bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain beginning 12 hours to three days after infection.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days. In rare circumstances, infection can result in arterial infections, i.e. infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis.

People exhibiting any of these symptoms should contact their health care providers.

For more information, including refunds, contact B&M, Inc. at 877-321-5852 Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or contact Safeway directly anytime at 800-723-3929.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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