Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cilantro recall? Seriously? Yes!

This is from http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/12/cilantro-recalled-due-to-possible-salmonella/ . Important news. Please pass it on!


Cilantro Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

A California produce distributor, Pacific International Marketing, or Pacific, is recalling 6,141 cartons of cilantro due to potential Salmonella contamination.

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A sample of the cilantro tested positive for Salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

No illnesses have been reported.
 
Source of the contamination is unknown, the Salinas-based distributor said in a news release.  The cilantro came from Salt River farming, located in Phoenix, AZ and was distributed through retailers in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana, South Carolina and Missouri.

The California Department of Public Health, FDA and Pacific are coordinating the recall.

The recalled cilantro is distributed in Pacific International Marketing cartons of 60 bunches, 30 bunches and 20 3-bunched sleeves. The bunched cilantro has a twist tie labeled "Pacific" and the UPC code 33383 80104. The UPC code for sleeves is 40695 80104.

The carton codes are:
 
- 19 78
  111411 

- 19 78
  111811

- 19 84
  111811 

- 19 94
  111811

- 19 78
  112111 

- 19 78
  111911

- 19 84 
  111911
 
- 19 94 
  111911 

Walmart and Giant Eagle advised their customers that the recalled cilantro bunches were sold in some of their stores. The FDA does not routinely provide lists of retailers that sold recalled products, but suggests consumers ask stores if they sold recalled products. Some retailers notify their customers about recalls.

Customers who purchased the cilantro after Nov. 16 but before Dec. 10 can return to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

For more information, contact Pacific International Marketing at 831-755-1398, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST or by mail at: P.O. Box 3737, Salinas, CA 93912-3737. 

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