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Recall of Peppers and Avocados in the United States Due to Possible Contamination with Salmonella

Issue Date

19 July 2008 and 21 July 2008

Source of Information

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Food Product

Peppers and avocados

Name of Products

Texas's Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers and avocados

Product Description

  1. Agricola Zaragoza, Inc. of McAllen , Texas's Jalapeno Peppers, distributed since June 30, 2008 , and shipped in 35-lb plastic crates and in 50-lb bags with no brand name or label
  2. Grande Produce, Ltd. Co of Hidalgo , Texas's Jalapeno Peppers and Serrano Peppers, distributed between May 17 and July 17, 2008 , and shipped in 35-lb plastic crates with no brand name or label
  3. Grande Produce, Ltd. Co of Hidalgo , Texas's avocados, all sizes and with lot number HUE08160090889, shipped in boxes labelled “Frutas Finas de Tancitaro HASS Avocados, Produce of Mexico”
Reason for Recall

Products might have been contaminated with Salmonella.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety


The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has contacted the U.S. authorities for more information, and alerted the trade. The CFS is closely monitoring the situation.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling these particular products.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who have purchased peppers and avocados from the USA could contact the retailers to determine if their products are involved in recall.

Further Information

Website of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (for Agricola Zaragoza, Inc. of McAllen, Texas's Jalapeno Peppers)

Website of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (for Grande Produce, Ltd. Co of Hidalgo, Texas's Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers and avocados)

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
22 July 2008

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Last Revision Date : 22-07-2008