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Costco customers who bought a brand of pepper at the outlet store are being advised to avoid the spice after it was linked to possible salmonella contamination during testing.

Anyone with the pepper is advised to throw it out.

Olde Thompson Inc., of Oxnard, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 5,135 cases of Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper that was sold in 12.7-ounce plastic jars. The recalled pepper has a UPC code of 096619164998, and a best before date of 03/2017 and involves lot numbers: OT 065099, OT 065169, OT 065254, OT 065255, OT 065256, and OT 065284, according to a release on the website of the Food and Drug Administration.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Healthy people who get infected can suffer fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The pepper was sold only at Costco Wholesale Club stores nationwide from April 4 to Wednesday, the FDA said. The bacterium was discovered during routine FDA sampling of consumer products.

Customers with questions can call the Olde Thompson customer care department at (844) 568-5555 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST.

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