Trader Joe’s Issues Basil Recall

( – Food manufacturers regularly test their products to ensure there are no safety issues, like contamination. When a problem does arise, whether through testing or consumer complaints, the companies need to act quickly to mitigate the potential damage. Trader Joe’s recently issued a recall for one of the products it stocks after it was linked to a salmonella outbreak.

In a press release dated April 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of two organic basil brands: Infinite Herbs-brand and Melissa’s brand. The former can be found at Trader Joe’s in a 2.5-oz clamshell package with the UPC “8 18042 02147 7.” It was sold at Trader Joe’s and Fruit Center Marketplace shops in 29 states between February 1 and April 6, 2024.

The company, Infinite Herbs, LLC, voluntarily recalled the basil. Trader Joe’s removed all of the products from its shelves and it is no longer for sale. Additionally, any existing products would be past their shelf life.

The company expanded that recall to include Melissa’s brand, which was sold in 2- and 4-oz packages in Dierberg’s stores between February 10 and 20. Consumers who purchased the herb and froze it should discard the remnants. If they have the original packaging, they can likely return it for a refund.

According to the FDA and CDC, there have been a total of 12 cases of salmonella in seven states associated with this breakout, including one hospitalization. The last illness onset occurred on April 2.

Salmonella is a common bacteria that infects the intestinal tract. Symptoms, which include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea, typically begin 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food and last between four and seven days. It can be serious, potentially even fatal for those with weakened immune systems such as the elderly, children under five, and those with chronic illnesses or diseases. For most people, the symptoms subside naturally. In more extreme cases, antibiotics may be necessary.

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