Sesame Seeds May Contain Salmonella

A Florida company is recalling Astor Sesame Seeds and Fischer's Greens Seasonings, sold 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.

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

The products also were sold in Sack and Save stores in Mississippi.

Recalled are one- and two-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.

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. Astor says no illnesses have been reported.

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.

Consumers with questions may call 1-866-893-3836.