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Peppercorns may be contaminated with salmonella, food watchdog says

Consumers are being told to avoid eating Whole Black Pepper and Mixed Peppercorn products manufactured by Golden Boy Foods Inc. because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday the following products are being recalled from the marketplace:


  • Dulhan Black Pepper Whole, 100 g, UPC 0 64684 37009 5, lot 6110.
  • Dulhan Black Pepper Whole, 200 g, UPC 0 64684 37010 1, lot 6046.
  • Golden Boy Foods Peppercorn Mixed, 908 g, UPC 0 64684 32126 4, lots 6030, 6061, 6132.
  • Golden Boy Foods Peppercorn, 5 lbs. (2.27 kg), UPC 0 64684 32230 8, lots 6030, 6061, 6132.
  • Golden Boy Foods Black Pepper Whole, 5 lbs. (2.27 kg), UPC 0 64684 30263 8, lots 6016, 6030, 6059, 6079, 6093, 6097, 6116, 6130, 6149, 6167.
  • No brand name Black Pepper Whole, 2.95 kg, UPC 0 64684 32251 3, lot 6187.
  • Golden Boy Foods Black Pepper Whole, 8 kg, UPC 0 64684 40844 6, lot 6195.
  • Golden Boy Foods Black Pepper Whole, 10 kg, UPC 0 64684 03022 7, lots 6060, 6172.
  • No brand name Pepper Black Whole, 25 kg, UPC 01 000 64684 45344 6, lots 6209, 6215.

The CFIA says the products have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and may have been sold nationally.

There have been no associated illnesses reported.

Foods tainted with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but the bacteria can cause symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In rare cases, the bacteria can kill people who are very young or elderly, or who have weakened immune systems.

Every year, 6,000 to 12,000 cases of salmonella illness are reported across Canada.

Recall notice