Switzerland – Public warning: presence of Salmonella in mustard seeds and spice blends


Bern, 06.07.2021 – The Dutch authorities have informed the Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (FSVO), via the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), of the presence of salmonella in a mustard seed delivery. These have been used in Switzerland in various products that the FSVO recommends not to consume, as a health risk cannot be excluded. The outlets concerned immediately removed the implicated items from their shelves and ordered a recall.

How can these products be dangerous?

Salmonella are bacteria (called “zoonotic agents”) that are pathogenic to humans and animals. In humans, they can trigger gastrointestinal upset with fever, as well as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain within 6 to 72 hours after consumption. People who have consumed a contaminated product are advised to consult a doctor in the event of the appearance of the aforementioned symptoms.

Which products are affected?

Here are the 5 incriminated articles:

Item, brand: “Yellow mustard”, 70 g, JC Fridlin 1775

Batch number: L066736A                

Date of minimum durability: 02.2025         

On sale at: Jelmoli, Zurich

Article: “Senf gelb ganz”, Herboristeria (Ebikon)

Packaging: 100 g paper bags         

Lot number: 22302-1                            

Date of minimum durability: December 2023 to June 2024  

On sale in various pharmacies and drugstores in German-speaking Switzerland

Item, brand: “LeChef Grill Burger”, 43 g

Article No: 1062.919

Date of minimum durability: 05.2023         

On sale at: Migros

Item, brand: “White mustard, grains”, 50 g, Migros

Article No: 1062.861

Date of minimum durability: 01.2024         

On sale at: Migros

Article, brand: “Sultans Fancy Rub”, “Gewürzhändlerei zum scharfen Sultan”

Packaging: sachets of 82 g + doses of 42 g  

Lot number: L066685                  

Date of minimum durability: 05.2024         

On sale in markets and in the online store

What should affected consumers do?

FSVO recommends not to consume these products and to eliminate them.

Address for sending questions

Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (
FSVO ) Infodesk: Tel. +41 58 463 30 33; info@blv.admin.ch

Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (FSVO)
Media service: Tel. +41 58 463 78 98; media@blv.admin.ch

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