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Posted December 20, 2011

Organic Celery Seed Products Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

On December 16, 2011, the U.S. FDA posted a notice from Swanson Health Products regarding the recall of Swanson Organic Celery Seed (Whole) which is packaged in plastic bottles with a net weight of 1.4 oz. (40 grams) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

[A related recall of O Organics Organic Celery Seed was also posted by the FDA. That product is sold at all Safeway-owned stores nationwide, including Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.]

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism entering the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The Swanson product was sold by several different methods. It was either sold at the Swanson Health Products retail store, 109 Broadway N., Fargo, ND, shipped directly to on-line or mail-order consumers, or held for pick up by the consumer at Swanson Health Products headquarters. The product was sold between June 16, 2011, and December 16, 2011.

The lot number of Swanson Health Products Brand Celery Seed (Whole) with code UPC 0-8761424048-0 included in this recall is BESTBY03JUN2013 1541102C. The lot number and Best By date can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

Swanson Health Products became aware of the potential contamination after being notified by its supplier, B & M, Inc., Mount Vernon, Missouri. B & M, Inc. had earlier learned of the potential contamination from its supplier.

No other Swanson spices have been affected by this voluntary recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall.