The latest potential threat of Salmonella contamination comes from an eco conscious company that boasts of its natural plant-based ingredients.
Eco-Cuisine, a Boulder, Colorado company is pulling cake and brownie mixes from distribution as well as other products.
The company provides its products to food services which are encouraged to integrate them into existing menu items making them vegan, vegetarian and lactose-free.
Announced this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government agency warns:
"...it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems."
What exactly is the threat from Salmonella?
"Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis."
The products were distributed throughout the country.
The other Eco-Cuisine products included in the recall include, Lemon Muffin mix, English Scone mix, Chocolate Cookie mix, Basic Cookie mix, Sausage Style Quick Mix and Beef Style Quick mix. A complete list is linked below.
Eco-Cuisine's mission as stated on its website is "...the seamless integration of healthy and vegetarian cuisine into traditional, casual, fine dining, deli, or institutional menus." Another selling point of its mix products is the ability to help lower costs to food service establishments.
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