Montero Farms of McAllen, Texas is recalling Orange Habanero Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which 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 (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Orange Habanero Peppers were shipped to Indianapolis, Indiana and to McAllen, Texas from April 28 2016 to present.
The product comes in 8 pound cardboard boxes marked with lot #41142-41143 on the top. In total 154 boxes are being recalled.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the FDA.
Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased any Orange Habanero Peppers from the lots #41142-41143 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (956) 686-8959 Monday thru Friday between 9am to 7pm central time.