Over 200 people have fallen ill by salmonella in imported black pepper used in the preparation of salami and other kinds of Italian sausage made by Daniele International. This is already the second time I’ve seen salmonella caused by pepper in the past year. White and black pepper sold by Union International Food made people ill last March. Salmonella contaminations were also a concern for Beef Packers Inc. when they recalled their beef products last December.
Salmonella is a bacterial disease that can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others that have weak immune systems. In rare situations, salmonella can spread to the bloodstream and cause illnesses such as arterial infections and arthritis.
Daniele International said the company will now only use irradiated pepper, which undergoes a process designed to kill bacteria. Electronic cold-pasteurization, which is a form of irradiation technology, can help prevent salmonella contaminations and ensure no one becomes ill.