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The Sacramento Bee reports that the California State Health Department has issued a consumer alert, saying that a Bay Area plant owned by Union International Food Company manufactured spices that caused a salmonella outbreak in Northern and Central California.

The spices primarily were sold to distributors and restaurants, and have been voluntarily recalled by the company. More than 40 people have gotten sick in incidents related to the spices, the paper says, but there have been no reported fatalities.

KC's View:
A minor case, people probably will say, and one that should not be blown out of proportion. It seems nothing like the salmonella outbreak caused by the contaminated products distributed by Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), which apparently is related to company negligence.

Except that the incidents may be related in the consumers’ mind, in that they cause a slow yet steady erosion of public trust.