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Re: Costco ground black pepper recalled?

On 6/10/2014 Lila Belle said:

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Lila Belle, quite honestly I knew nothing about any of this except I did avoid spices from China. I wonder if MCCormack or one of the bigger brands are safer?
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Re: Costco ground black pepper recalled?

From what I read almost all spices are imported so matter what brand one purchases the threat of salmonella exists.

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Re: Costco ground black pepper recalled?

On 6/10/2014 Lila Belle said:

From what I read almost all spices are imported so matter what brand one purchases the threat of salmonella exists.

Wow, I guess we all have to hope this doesn't become a common problem..
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Re: Costco ground black pepper recalled?

On 6/10/2014 Lila Belle said:
On 6/10/2014 madzonie said: What I'd like to know is how does salmonella get into ground pepper, and how long would the bacteria be viable?

I found this from NPR:

How do spices get contaminated?

After spices are harvested from plants, they're often laid on the ground to dry. Salmonella comes from birds and other animals, so the animals are getting access to the spices somewhere in picking, drying, processing or storage.

Thanks so much, Lila Belle! That was informative!