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April 16, 2009

Media Inquiries:
Stephanie Kwisnek, 301-796-4737
Consumer Inquiries:

FDA Alerts the Public to Uncle Chen and Lian How Brand Expanded Recall
Sauces, oils and oil blends, in addition to dry spices, may be contaminated with Salmonella

Chinese Translation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public to the expanded, voluntary recall by Union International Food Company (Union City, Calif.) of sauces, oils, and oil blends sold under the Uncle Chen and Lian How brands.

The expanded recall is based on the investigation into the ongoing foodborne illness outbreak of Salmonella Rissen. It is in addition to the recall announced last month by the company of its dry spice products.

The sauces, oils, and oil blends being recalled were distributed under the Uncle Chen and Lian How brands to retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and restaurants in the states identified to date of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. The products were sold in containers ranging from 6 ounces to 1 gallon in plastic or glass bottles and are used, for example, as spices and seasonings for cooking and as table top meal seasonings.

A complete list of all of the products recalled by Union International Food Co. is available at: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/unioninternational_list3.html

The company has stopped the production and distribution of these products as the FDA, the California Department of Public Health, and Union International Food Co. continue their investigations. To date, 57 cases of illness caused by Salmonella Rissen have been reported, mostly in the western region of the country.

Additional Information:

  • FDA News Release Chinese Translation (April 16)
  • Firm Press Release (April 15, 2009)
  • FDA News Release (April 2, 2009)
  • Chinese Translation (April 2, 2009)
  • Firm Press Release (April 3, 2009)
  • Firm Press Release (April 2, 2009)
  • Firm's Press Release (March 30, 2009)
  • Photos: Product Labels
  • General Information: Salmonella (CDC)


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