Adams Extract & Spice has sued Van de Vries Spice Corp. in a New Jersey federal court alleging damages in excess of $75,000 due to a 2009 spice recall involving ground red pepper allegedly contaminated with Salmonella. Adams Extract & Spice, LLC v. Van de Vries Spice Corp., No. 11-00720 (U.S. Dist. Ct., D.N.J., filed February 8, 2011). Apparently, Van de Vries sold 11,000 pounds of the spice to Adams Extract which then incorporated it into various products sold under its brand name. After learning about the contamination risk, Adams Extract issued a product recall that allegedly “resulted in significant damages to Adams Extract.”

Alleging negligence by failure to comply with Food and Drug Administration standards, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and strict product liability, Adams Extract seeks compensatory damages, interest, costs, and delay damages.