Habanero peppers produced by Montero Farms in McAllen, Texas have been recalled after concerns arose that they may be contaminated with Salmonella. A total of 154 boxes of habaneros have been recalled. Each box is an 8-pound cardboard box filled with habanero peppers. Recalled peppers were distributed to retail locations in Indianapolis and McAllen between April 28 and May 13. Boxes associated with the recall can be identified with the lot number 41142-41143. This number can be found on the top of the boxes. Montero Farms has ceased production of habanero peppers while the FDA investigation is ongoing.
Health officials have recommended that consumers not eat the recalled peppers. Consumers can return the peppers to their place of purchase for a full recall. If consumed, the habanero peppers have the potential to cause a Salmonella infection. Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common forms of foodborne illnesses in America, causing about 1 million illnesses per year. The symptoms of Salmonella poisoning will appear within 72 hours after infection. Usually, a Salmonella infection will produce symptoms including fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramping. Salmonella infections may go away on their own, but in some cases the illness can worsen. Children, the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems may be at an increased risk of developing a serious Salmonella infection. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.