1.  Salmonella outbreak linked to Daniele Inc salami products, and, ultimately, to contaminated red and black pepper from Wholesome Spice Company and Overseas Mincing Spice Company.  252 people sickened in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

2.  Shigella outbreak linked to Lombard, Illinois Subway restaurant.  Hundreds ill.

3.  E. coli O111 outbreak

The outbreak linked to salami and pepper, and the recall linked to hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), have sparked additional food recalls.  First, the pepper.  The FDA’s recall notice posted today (it is dated March 25th–from a consumer health standpoint, shouldn’t these notices be going up a little closer in time to the day they occurred)

Yesterday, yet another company announced a recall of products containing black pepper sold by Mincing Overseas Spice Company.  The company that announced yesterday’s recall is John B. Sanfilippo and Sons, from Elgin, Illinois.  The FDA’s recall notice states as follows:

As a follow up to the voluntary recall of black pepper from Mincing Overseas

The FDA announced yesterday that yet another company is recalling black pepper products as a result of Salmonella contamination.  This recall is related to the Mincing Overseas Spice Company recall that occurred on the heels of a major salmonella outbreak linked to Salami products manufactured and sold by Daniele Inc. 

The FDA announcement reads as

In the midst of ongoing salmonella and listeria outbreaks involving red pepper/black pepper/salami and Queseria Bendita cheese, we will file a lawsuit tomorrow in Oakland on behalf of the family of an elderly woman who died in April 2009 after ingesting white pepper contaminated by Salmonella rissen bacteria.  The defendants are the companies that manufactured

The CDC now counts 217 confirmed cases in the Salmonella montevideo outbreak linked to contaminated salami and pepper. 

As of 9:00 pm EST on February 8, 2010, a total of 217 individuals infected with a matching strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 44 states and District of Columbia since July 1, 2009. The

We are currently investigating the illnesses of 15 people potentially sickened by Salmonella-contaminated Salami.  There is the possibility, as well, that other products are contaminated by Salmonella montevideo or other strains of salmonella, yet we know virtually nothing about the whereabouts of the pepper.  We were contacted yesterday by a young woman from Washington sickened