Union International Food White Pepper Spice Outbreak
Between December 2008 and April 2009, at least 79 people were infected with Salmonella Nissen after consuming spices, sauces, and oils made by Union International Foods. A majority of the illnesses were in California, with others in Oregon, Washington State, and Nevada. Public health officials linked the Salmonella Nissen illnesses to white pepper manufactured by Union International and distributed under the brand names Lian How and Uncle Chen. The company recalled over 50 products for potential contamination including sauces, oils, and spices. Marler Clark represented the family of a woman who died as a result of her Salmonella infection from Union International pepper products. The case was successfully resolved prior to trial.