4 in Ore. sickened; ground pepper blamed:
By The Associated Press
PORTLAND — State officials say four Oregonians from the Portland region were among 42 sickened in a salmonella outbreak traced to ground pepper distributed by a California company, much of it to Chinese and Vietnamese establishments. The product was also distributed in Washington state.
The Public Health Division says the Union International Food Co. of Union City has launched a spice recall. The ground pepper was under the Lian How and Uncle Chen labels.
Dr. William Keene of the Oregon Public Health Division says the outbreak began in December, and investigators found the source by testing products.
He said Monday investigators are trying to determine whether any pepper was sold directly to retail consumers.
Other cases were reported in Washington, California and Nevada. For details about the products: www.ufunionfood.com.