Olde Thompson LLC has issued a voluntary safety recall for ground coriander due to the risk of salmonella contamination. According to a report on Mashed.com, the recall involves products under the Olde Thompson name in addition to Sun Harvest Organic Ground Coriander.
Details of the Recall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that both Olde Thompson and Sun Harvest ground coriander products come in 1.5-ounce glass jars with flip tops. These recalled products were distributed by Olde Thompson to HomeGoods, Jungle Jim’s International Market, and Smart and Final stores. The products were delivered across Arizona, California, New Jersey, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio, but have potentially come into contact with salmonella and could make someone ill if they consume it.
The ground coriander products were sold at these nationwide retailers between May 26 and June 4 this year. While the FDA notes that no one has contracted salmonella from the contamination thus far, the agency warns that 776 bottles of the spice may contain the contaminant. Those who live in the affected regions and bought ground coriander from any of the affiliated stores are asked to check the LOT number on the bottle. Bottles with LOT numbers 23632 and 23631 fall under the recall.
Experts identified the contamination during a routine sampling of the products. It is not clear if distributors caught the issue before too many bottles made it onto the store shelves. If you have a bottle of these recalled spices, officials ask that you discard it or return it to the point of purchase for a refund. It is best to avoid buying coriander from these brands, whether or not you live in one of the affected states.
If You Have Been Affected
If you have been the victim of salmonella poisoning, it is important that you make sure the suspect food is isolated and preserved for later testing at a lab for pathogens. Save any receipts you may have received for purchasing the products. It is crucial that you get prompt medical attention and treatment. Report your illness to the local health care agency. All of these actions help create a record showing how you suffered the food-borne illness and what type of treatment you received.
If you have suffered food poisoning as a result of contaminated products, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. Victims of food poisoning may be able to seek compensation from several responsible parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who will fight for their rights and hold the negligent parties accountable.