The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is reporting the recall of ground tumeric root due to contamination with Salmonella infantis. The announcement was made on Saturday.

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Borchen, Germany company, Monolith Mitte Gmbh is recalling a number of batches of Kurkumawurzel, gemahlen (ground turmeric root) 50g packs, due to the presence of Salmonella infantis. The affected batches are unsafe to eat.

This product has been distributed to a number of Eastern European food businesses in Ireland. Point of sale notices must be displayed in retail outlets where the affected batches were sold.

Salmonella is 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, 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.