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Paprika Recalled From Stop & Shop Stores For Potential Peanut Contamination

Giant Food has sent out a health advisory to consumers regarding a voluntary recall of Spice-Co’s Szeged Hungarian Paprika because the product may have been contaminated with an allergen not listed on the ingredient label, peanuts.

For those who don’t suffer from a peanut allergy, the Giant supermarket company indicated that the product is safe for use.

NECN reports that Stop & Shop supermarkets are pulling the Szeged Paprika from their shelves over the concern that they may contain peanut traces not listed on the label. The recall specifically targets 5-ounce bottles of the spice made from air-dried fruits of the chili pepper family.

Giant-Landover is an American supermarket chain with 170 stores and over 150 full service pharmacies located in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C., the company’s page on Wikipedia indicated. The page indicated that Giant-Carlisle (Giant Food Stores LLC) and Giant-Landover (Giant Food LLC) are both subsidiaries of Ahold. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. is a Dutch international retailer based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The company had over 120,000 employees in 2011.

The recalled product is:

  • Szeged Hungarian Paprika – 5 oz. – UPC: 7800600010 – Lot#: 091617PAHU05PS

To date, no illnesses have been reported as a result of the product’s potential peanut contaminant. Products who have purchased this product or advised to throwaway any potentially contaminated bottles fitting the description of the recalled product and bring their receipts to Giant in order to obtain a complete refund of the purchase price, WUSA 9 reported.

Stop & Shops recalled ground cumin earlier in the month.

Paprika, which is made from the chili pepper family of the species Capsicum annuum, is sometimes associated with Hungarian cuisine, however, the chilies from which it’s made are native to the Americas and was introduced to Afro-Eurasia by Spain and Portugal.

Peanut allergies, which can be fatal, tend to be lifelong and trace amounts of peanuts are capable of causing an allergic reaction, according to FARE.

More information can be obtained through Spice-Co, the company responsible for production of the paprika, by calling 732-499-9070. Customers of Stop & Shop can reach customer service at 800-767-7772 or call Giant Food’s customer service line at 888-469-4426.

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