Sesame Seeds Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Florida company is recalling Astor Sesame Seeds and Fischer's Greens Seasonings, sold in Ohio and through much of the South, because the products may be contaminated with the dangerous food poisoning salmonella.

About 5,000 pounds of sesame seeds, sold alone and as an ingredient in the greens seasoning, are involved in the recall, said Astor Products of Jacksonville, Fla.

Recalled are 1- and 2-ounce containers of Astor Sesame Seeds, and 29-ounce containers of Fischer's Greens Seasonings. The products bear sell-by dates ranging from 2/27/04 through 5/15/04.

The products were sold in Thriftway stores in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky. They also were sold in Winn-Dixie and SaveRite Grocery Warehouse stores in Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Consumers should not eat the seasonings but return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

The recall came after the Food and Drug Administration notified Astor that tests performed on a batch of sesame seeds from the company's supplier showed traces of salmonella.

Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with the organism often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

No illnesses have been reported, Astor said.

Consumers with questions may call (866) 893-3836.

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