Ground Cumin Recalled In 16 States For Potential Salmonella Risk

On April 20, 2023, the FDA announced that Lipari Foods issued a voluntary recall of its 6-ounce tubs of ground cumin. The FDA and The Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development notified the company after a sample of the spice was tested in Florida and found to contain Salmonella. In stores, the ground cumin was sold as a generic product with the phrase "Distributed by Lipari Foods" on the packaging.

Salmonella can cause serious infection, which can be fatal for young children, elderly people, and those whose immune systems are compromised. Even those who are healthy can become infected and have side effects, including fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It is also possible, though rare, for Salmonella to enter the bloodstream and cause arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

The ground cumin was made in India and was sold at retail stores in 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

What should you do if you purchased the recalled cumin?

The Lipari ground cumin is identified by Lot Code 220914601 with a best-by date of September 2024, and those who have bought this product should refrain from eating or using it and return it immediately to where they purchased it. If you have questions, call Lipari Foods Customer Service at 800-729-3354 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., EST.

Foods that are contaminated with Salmonella don't typically appear to be spoiled, but the health implications of consuming them can be quite serious. Lipari Foods explains that the company is taking measures and "working closely with the FDA to ensure that all affected product has been pulled from commerce." While not everyone who becomes sick from Salmonella needs medical attention, people whose immune systems are weakened should contact a healthcare provider if symptoms persist for more than a few days or if symptoms worsen (via Mayo Clinic).