Monday, May 20, 2024

Widespread Recall Alert: Trader Joe’s Organic Basil Linked to Salmonella Risk in 29 States and D.C.

Trader Joe’s has issued a recall for its Infinite Herbs Organic Basil due to potential Salmonella contamination, affecting consumers across 29 states and the District of Columbia. The recall encompasses 2.5-ounce packages sold between early February and April this year.

In response to the discovery of possible health risks, Trader Joe’s has removed its organic basil from shelves in the eastern and central United States. The specific product under scrutiny, Infinite Herbs Organic Basil, features the UPC# 8 18042 02147 7 and was available for purchase from February 1, 2024, to April 6, 2024. Infinite Herbs, LLC of Miami, Florida, is listed as the supplier of the contaminated herb.

The recall was initiated following reports from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which have been tracking a surge in Salmonella cases linked to the product. According to their findings, twelve individuals in states including Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin have contracted the bacterial infection, with one case necessitating hospitalization.

The FDA continues its thorough investigation to pinpoint the exact source of the Salmonella contamination and to ascertain if other products might also be affected. Updates from the agency are expected as new information emerges regarding the scope of this health concern.

Consumers in possession of the recalled basil are advised to either dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe’s store for a full refund. For further assistance, affected customers can reach out to Trader Joe’s Customer Relations by phone or email.

This incident is part of a series of recent safety concerns involving Trader Joe’s products, including recalls of various food items due to similar health hazards. Additionally, the retailer recently faced a substantial fine imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor for safety violations in its warehouse operations, highlighting ongoing challenges in maintaining safety standards across its operations.

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