Zenobia Company LLC from Yonkers, New York has announced a recall for its ground flax seed meal as it is possible that the said product may be contaminated with salmonella. The company says they have not received reports of illnesses from their possibly contaminated product to date.
The affected Ground Flax Seed Meal from Zenobia was distributed nationwide between June 15 and November 4. Some of the said products were also sold online. The affected stock have the UPC codes 00575004, 00575016, 00575111. Moreover, they were sold in 4 oz. and 16 oz. packages as well as in 50 pound bulk packages.
According to Zenobia, they were alerted of the problem when one of its suppliers had notified them about the ground flax seed meal potentially being contaminated with salmonella, which was shipped to them unknowingly. Consumption of the affected product is very much discouraged.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella causes as much as 380 deaths and 19,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year. People who are suffering from salmonella infection may experience illness that lasts for four to seven days. Some of the earliest symptoms of salmonella infections include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever, which manifest themselves within 12 to 72 hours after infection. Moreover, if the diarrhea is severe, a person may need to be hospitalized.
People who are prone to salmonella infection are usually children under the age of five and anyone with weakened immune systems. In addition, some of those who are infected with salmonella experience long-term consequences from the infection in the form of reactive arthritis.
Zenobia says customers who have purchased the affected ground flax seed meal may contact the company at 1-877-890-5244 for a full refund.