Food manufacturer Goya voluntarily recalled two of its adobo spice mixtures over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's fears they may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
According to the FDA's Nov. 18 news release, 661 cases of adobo with cumin and adobo with pepper spices distributed in Puerto Rican retail stores may be infected.
The two affected are the Goya Adobo with Cumin Seasoning packaged in a 28-ounce plastic jar with a green cap with "Best by Date 10/18/22'' and the Goya Adobo with Pepper Seasoning packaged in a 28-ounce plastic jar with a red cap, marked "Best by Date 10/23/22."
The agency says consumers can contact Goya de Puerto Rico by phone at 787-740-4900 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a replacement or full refund.
No illnesses have been reported yet.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection and lasting for up to a week, notes the CDC.
Salmonella affects 1 million Americans each year. Most recover without treatment, but it can sometimes cause fatal infections in children, the elderly and the sick.
It's not the first salmonella scare worrying many in recent weeks.
With Thanksgiving approaching, officials warn Americans to be careful when cooking Turkey.
Hundreds of employees at the TOYO Tire plant in White, Georgia, have fallen ill after eating a potentially contaminated company pre-Thanksgiving meal, reports WAGA-TV. Approximately 1,800 TOYO employees were treated to the catered dinner.
As a result, the catering company that provided the food has voluntarily shut down while the health department investigates for a possible salmonella outbreak.
"The health and safety of our employees is our highest priority," said TOYO. "We are cooperating fully with health authorities as we seek to determine the cause of these illnesses."
While the health department says it cannot confirm if salmonella caused the illness, the wife of an employee hospitalized says it was.
"They gave him two bags of fluids, did blood work did a salmonella culture, gave him some IV antibiotics and ... basically he's being treated for salmonella poisoning," said Stephanie, who didn't want to give her last name.
"I can only speak from what I know for sure," she added. "My brother-in-law was in the emergency room yesterday and was also treated for salmonella poisoning and several of my husband's co-workers that he has spoken to he has directly spoken to have been sick and were in the ER."