94 Cases of Salmonella Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts; Cilantro, Parsley Recall Expanded

It seems two concurrent, but unrelated cases of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella contamination have resulted in widespread recalls. About 100 people have fallen ill across the United States and Canada, said CNN. No illness has been associated with the precautionary, voluntary recall by J&D Produce of cilantro and parsley.

The ongoing recall of Salmonella-tainted cilantro and parsley has been expanded, CNN reported. The Texas distributor involved broadened its recall of thousands of cases of the products over concerns involving cross contamination with the dangerous and sometimes deadly food borne pathogen at its processing facility. J&D Produce, Inc., recalled almost 7,000 cases of cilantro and curly parsley after sample testing in Quebec, Canada, and Michigan revealed the presence of Salmonella.

Cilantro and parsley processed and labeled as Little Bear and packed between November 30 and December 6 are involved, said CNN. The recalled produce can be returned to retailers for a complete refund. About 29 other types of produce run on the same packing lines was also recalled over concerns of Salmonella contamination, noted CNN.

“It’s imperative to protect public health, even if that means being overzealous in expanding the scope of the products we’re calling back,” said James Bassetti, president of J&D Produce, quoted CNN. “We will work closely with regulators, health officials, and our customers in bringing back the products,” added Bassetti. According to J&D Produce, there have been no reports of illnesses connected to this recall, said CNN.

Once Salmonella contamination was confirmed, U.S. and Canadian regulators and health officials increased inspections at J&D locations, according to president James Bassetti, said CNN.

The recall involves 2,498 cases of the parsley with expiration dates 12 days after being packed and 4,411 cases of cilantro with the same packing and expiration dates, said CNN. The parsley and cilantro were distributed to Quebec and Ontario. The parsley was distributed in Canada and to Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin in the U.S; the cilantro was distributed to Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin, said CNN. A complete listing will be available on the firm’s website.

Meanwhile, a different Salmonella outbreak has been linked to alfalfa sprouts and has sickened 94 people in 16 states and the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Initial cases began being reported on November 1st, said CNN. It seems that many of those sickened ate alfalfa sprouts that were in Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches products, added CNN, which noted that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recalled sprouts came from Tiny Greens Organic Farm.

The Tiny Green’s alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts, a combination of radish and clover sprouts, were distributed in 4-ounce and 5-pound containers to farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and restaurants, said CNN. Jimmy John’s was one of the restaurants involved, noted CNN. Tiny Green’s also distributes, among other produce, arugula, broccoli, fennel, cauliflower, onion, and radish, wrote CNN. In a letter to its Jimmy John’s franchisees, founder Jimmy John Liautaud said it removed the sprouts from all its Illinois locations; the sprouts were distributed to Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri.

The Salmonella pathogen can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Rarely, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. Salmonellosis, the disease caused by the Salmonella bacteria, can last four to seven days, said the CDC). Some 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported annually in the U.S.

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