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Seasoning pack in your pantry may have been exposed to salmonella

A batch of Southwest Chipotle Seasoning packets is being recalled due to the possibility of contamination with salmonella. The packets being recalled have LOT #16189305 on the back of the packs.
A batch of Southwest Chipotle Seasoning packets is being recalled due to the possibility of contamination with salmonella. The packets being recalled have LOT #16189305 on the back of the packs.

Southwest Chipotle Seasoning packets are being recalled because an ingredient may have been contaminated with salmonella.

The packets are sold by Tupperware U.S. Inc. of Orlando, Florida, and are manufactured by a third party that blends its spices and seasonings, said an alert from the Food and Drug Administration.

The recall was issued because the FDA found traces of salmonella at a plant where one of its ingredients, buttermilk powder, was manufactured.

The packets of concern can be identified by LOT #16189305, which appears on the back of the packets, just above the “best by” date.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Illness can last four to seven days. In people with compromised immune systems, or in children and the elderly, the infection can spread through the bloodstream to other areas of the body, possibly causing death if an antibiotic is not prescribed in time.

The recall is precautionary.

If you have packets from the specified lot, mail them to Tupperware U.S. Inc., ATTN: Julie Castro, 14901 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32837. Provide your name, address, phone number and email address.

Tupperware will send you a $15 eGift Certificate for each seasoning packet you return to cover the purchase price and shipping costs.

You can also call the customer care office at 1-800-887-7379.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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