Montero Farms Recalls Possibly Contaminated Orange Habanero Peppers

The company believes that about 1,200 pounds of the peppers are potentially affected

Montero Farms Recalls Possibly Contaminated Orange Habanero Peppers
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May 16, 2016

Potential contamination has prompted a pepper recall from Montero Farms.

The McAllen, TX company is recalling its Orange Habanero Peppers after the discovery that they may be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recalled product was sold in an eight pound cardboard box bearing lot number 41142-41143 and were available from April 28, 2016 through May 16, 2016.

About 1,200 pounds of peppers are potentially affected.

Montero Farms shipped the affected items to locations in McAllen and Indianapolis, IN.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Production has been suspended while the agency and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

Consumers in possession of the affected product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Customers with questions about this recall can contact Montero Farms at (956) 686-8959.