09/19/2012 09:07 am ET

Pepper Company Behind Salmonella Outbreak Owes $33 Million To Meat Company Daniele

A spice company found to be the source of a widespread salmonella outbreak in 2009 and 2010 owes $33 million to the salami maker that had to recall 1.4 million pounds of meat because of it, according to a ruling on Monday.

Red and black pepper products made by New York-based Wholesome Spice, Inc. ultimately led to the sickening of 272 people across 14 states who consumed ready-to-eat meats produced by Rhode Island-based Daniele International, Inc.

Unfortunately for Daniele, Wholesome went out of business earlier this year -- meaning Daniele may not receive the sum it's owed.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the $33 million figure can be broken down into $25 million for lost past and future profits and $3.9 million in money that was returned to customers.

Daniele is also suing another spice company from which it purchased contaminated pepper, Mincing Overseas Spice Company. Mincing, however, maintains that the products were not contaminated at the time of sale. That case is still pending.



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