Organic Basil Contains Cyclospora?
Authorities from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have ordered the recall of a number of organic basil products in several states across the country after testing showed them to contain a parasite called Cyclospora.
According to online reports, products that are affected by the recall are packaged organic basil that is offered by the following brands:
- Simple Truth,
- Shenandoah Growers by That’s Tasty,
- And, That’s Tasty
These aforementioned brands are offered in stores in the U.S. The ten states that encompass the recall are the following:
Additionally, the FDA has sent out an order to stores and consumers to steer away from the affected products.
Information from the agency shows that the affected batch of products was distributed to several grocers in early February. They contain the following lot codes:
- PV40515 1034,
- PV40515 3034,
- PV40515 3035,
- And, PV40515 4034
Though affected products were already cleared from display counters in your local grocery store, the chances are that you may have bought a contaminated product yourself before the announcement was made.
Authorities have stressed that the product is unsafe to consume and must be thrown away immediately once determined to be contaminated based on the provided information earlier.
Shenandoah Growers, the company behind the contaminated product, has assured its customers that it would hand out a refund to affected consumers.
Its Consumer Response Center can be reached out during the weekdays from 8 AM to 5 PM EST.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time Shenandoah Growers has been subjected to a recall order concerning their organic basil products.
In November last year, the company has also been ordered by the authorities to withdraw their basil products from the market due to it being contaminated with the same cyclospora parasite.
A company official has released a statement explaining that the November recall was due to a Colombian supplier Shenandoah Growers has collaborated with for a long time.
They ended up suspending them as an investigation ensued. After making sure that proper steps were made, they continued with their working relationship.
Yet, with the latest FDA testing, the company has assured that it has severed its ties to the aforementioned partner.
The parasitic cyclospora, which was found in both contaminated batches of Shenandoah Growers packed organic basil, is a harmful organism that can be easily caught by an unsuspecting victim ingesting food items and drinking water that is contaminated by human feces.
An infection caused by the parasite can lead to diarrhea and vomiting, weakness, aches in different muscles in the body, and severe abdominal pain.
A person that is suspected to be infected with it is strictly advised to seek professional medical attention immediately.
Editor’s Note on Shenandoah Organic Basil Recall:
This article is published to inform you of the latest recall concerning packaged organic basil products of Shenandoah Growers across ten states nationwide.
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