When the news of salmonella in something as American as peanut butter needs to get out, spreading the word is fairly routine. What happens when salmonella rissen is found in white pepper distributed mainly to Chinese and other Asian restaurants on the west coast?
Union Internatonal Food Company of Union City, California has voluntarily recalled dry spices after 42 cases of salmonella rissen have been reported in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. White and black pepper are particularly suspect. The company’s products were marketed almost entirely to restaurants in those states and Arizona.
But it is likely that many of the people most likely to using the products do not have English as their first language. Accordingly, the FDA and Union International itself issued some of their material in Chinese, including this complete notice.