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Costco Warns Members About Possible Salmonella In Pepper

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Costco Wholesale is warning between 130,000 and 140,000 members not to use certain packages of the firm’s Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper because the spice might be contaminated with salmonella. (PHOTO: Costco, MGNOnline, & NBC News) Costco Wholesale is warning between 130,000 and 140,000 members not to use certain packages of the firm’s Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper because the spice might be contaminated with salmonella. (PHOTO: Costco, MGNOnline, & NBC News)
Issaquah, Wash. - Costco is warning members about pepper that may be contaminated with salmonella. 

Between 130,000 and 140,000 members are being told not to use certain packages of "Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper" due to the concern. 

The company is making automated phone calls as a precaution after federal Food and Drug Administration officials found Salmonella Duisburg, a rare strain, in some samples in Texas. The affected bottles of pepper will have a best before date of March 2017. 

On top of the calls, Costco will be sending out letters. No illnesses have been linked to the pepper. 

NBC News reports testing of imported spices between 2007 and 2010 showed that they were twice as likely as other inspected foods to be tainted with the pathogen. 

There have been 14 know outbreaks in the world since 1973, causing nearly 2,000 illnesses. 
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