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Black peppercorns recalled due to salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall of three brands of black peppercorns on April 5, 2014. HANDOUT/CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced the recall of three brands of black peppercorns because they may be tainted with salmonella.

Various bottles and packages of Frontier, 365 Everyday Value (sold at Whole Foods Market) and Simply Organic are included in the recall, and the CFIA said its investigation may turn up more contaminated products.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op first triggered the recall in the United States, and the CFIA said the peppercorns were sold across Canada as well.

The agency said the affected products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were bought.

Click on the image below to see a list of the recalled items.

Black peppercorn recall

No one has reported becoming sick after eating food seasoned with the pepper.

Food contaminated with salmonella bacteria may not look or smell spoiled but can cause fever, headaches, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and severe arthritis. Young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems could pick up serious and sometimes deadly infections.

For more information, visit the CFIA website.