Melissa’s/World Variety Produce Inc. in Los Angeles announced March 18 that it is recalling Serrano peppers because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The affected Serrano peppers were isolated to 300 cases from Lot No. 69073901, product of Mexico.
This recall extends only to Walmart stores in Wisconsin, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, and Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois. The affected Serrano peppers were sold from bulk displays between March 1 and March 18.
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. Melissa’s/World Variety Produce Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the Food & Drug Administration, the California Department of Public Health and Melissa’s/World Variety Produce Inc. continue their investigation into the cause of the potential contamination.