Buurma Farms Inc. Issues a Recall Notice for Plain (Flat) Parsley Over Potential Health Hazards
Buurma Farms Inc. of Willard, Ohio, voluntarily recalls 320 boxes of Plain Parsley following the discovery of probable contamination of Shiga-toxin producing E.coli.
Buurma Farms Parsley Recall, 2021
The recalled product is Buurma Plain (flat leaf) Parsley bearing an August 30, 2021 harvest date from their Gregory, Michigan facility.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) collected a random, routine regulatory sample on 9/7/21 at a consumer’s distribution center and reported it positive for non-O157 STEC (Shiga-toxin producing E. Coli) on 9/13/21.
While the sample is presently getting genome sequenced to establish whether it is pathogenic, the product is being recalled out of caution.
Buurma Farms Inc. is working closely with regulatory authorities on the recall. There have been no reported illnesses to date.
Non-O157 STEC is a bacteria that can induce foodborne diseases in people who consume contaminated food. Stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea are all possible symptoms of infection.
It is known that the illness is more widespread in the elderly, children, and those with weak immune systems. However, the majority of healthy people and children rarely go gravely ill.
Places of Distribution
The recalled product was picked on August 30, 2021. From 8/31/21 to 9/3/21, it was sold and distributed in 30 count cartons to retailers in Ohio and Michigan.
From 9/2/21 to 9/4/21, it was also distributed in 60 count crates to wholesalers in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and South Carolina.
Retailers and distributors can locate the product code on the orange lot code sticker attached to each case, as well as at the end of the GTIN number, below the bar code on the PTI label.
Recall Product Details
The Buurma Farms Parsley Recall only plain flat leaf parsley having a lot of code of “2A242A6” and a PTI lot code of “2B243A6.” Retailers and distributors known to have received these goods have been contacted and instructed to discontinue distribution of any possibly contaminated items.
Individual bunches of flat parsley supplied to retailers for consumer purchase would almost certainly have a twist-tie labeled “BUURMA FARMS Plain Parsley” with a price look-up (PLU) code of 4901 and a UPC code of 33383 80125.
The PLU and UPC codes are not unique to Buurma Farms; they are found on all flat/plain parsley, regardless of origin. The wholesale distribution channels affected by the recall do not include the twist-tie and instead include a single plain red rubber band.
For More Queries
The Buurma Farms Parsley Recall excludes all other varieties of plain leaf parsley. Production of the recalled product has been halted until the conclusion of the FDA’s and other regulatory authorities’ investigations. Thus, the product in question should already be out of circulation, but if consumers have any doubts about a product, they should avoid consuming it and instead discard it.
Retailers, as well as consumers with questions, may contact the consumer hotline via 1-866-827-3362 weekdays from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST.
Editor’s Note on Buurma Farms Parsley Recall:
This article is written to inform you of Buurma Farms Inc.’s recall notice due to non-O157 STEC contamination in its Plain (Flat) Parsley. We also recommend you the SAS Foods Beef & Chicken Empanadas recall.
Jurisdiction: Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and South Carolina
Products/Services: Plain (Flat) Parsley
Reason: The product was positive for non-O157 STEC
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