Cilantro recalled over salmonella fears

Canwest News Service

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2008

 

Source of Article:  http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=abd47e42-1081-4dcc-834f-04342554e4ba

A California company has voluntarily recalled its fresh cilantro, distributed in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba as well as numerous U.S. states, over concerns it could be contaminated with salmonella.

NewStar Fresh Foods, based in Salinas, Calif., said the bacteria was found during a routine sampling by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. There have been no reported illnesses connected to the cilantro.

The cilantro was sold in one-pound, clear plastic bags under the brand names NewStar, Ready Set Serve, and Cross Valley Farms.

Salmonella infections can cause fevers, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can be fatal for children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems.

The strain of salmonella found is different from the one that caused an outbreak of salmonella infections in the U.S.

The recalled cilantro has a product lot ID # 11B056404 and either an expiry date of July 26th and 27th, or a Julian code of 192 or 193.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled cilantro should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.


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