Popular MDH sambar masala is being withdrawn from shelves after the US Food and Drug Authority found the Salmonella bacteria in its products. The company has now said that its withdrawing at least three lots of the product from the shelves.
Salmonella bacteria is extremely harmful to the human body as consumption of contaminated by salmonella can cause salmonellosis, whose common symptoms are diarrohea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.
According to news agency IANS, the recalled MDH sambar masala was distributed in northern California retail stores. The decision to recall was taken the FDA discovered that the Salmonella contaminated products were distributed.
“Consumers who have purchased the MDH SAMBAR MASALA, 3.5 oz (100g) are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” House Of Spices, which distributes MDH products in the US, said in the statement.
The FDA, according to Indian Express, said in an official release on the move, “This product was tested by FDA through a certified laboratory to be positive for Salmonella.” It added, “The recall was initiated after it was discovered by the FDA that the salmonella contaminated products were distributed.”
According to Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Among these illnesses, about 1.1 million are acquired in the United States. Among the illnesses acquired in the United States, CDC estimates that food is the source for about 1 million illnesses, 19,000 hospitalizations, and 380 deaths.