CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A spice sold in 17 states including South Carolina is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
TJX Companies, Inc., announced the recall of Ecoato-brand Sweet Paprika Powder products sold in its T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores.
The powder was sold between June and July, 2014 and is marked as lot #8147 with an expiration date of October, 2015, according to a release from the company.
"Upon learning of the potential risk from the Food and Drug Administration, the Company took rapid action to alert its stores to remove the product from store shelves immediately and has put in place additional measures to prevent sales of the product," the release states.
If you purchased the product, you should not use it and return it to the store for a full refund. Further sale of the product has been suspended pending a Food and Drug Administration investigation into the source of the possible contamination, the release states.
The powder was sold in Alabama Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. It was also sold in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to company officials.
No illnesses have been reported from the use of the product, however spot testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in samples.
Salmonella is an organism capable of causing serious and potentially-fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
Customers with questions about the recall should call TJX Companies, Inc., at (800) 926-6299.