The recall was initiated by Pacific International Marketing, which is working with the FDA and the California Department of Public Health. A total of 6,141 cartons of Cilantro are involved.
The FDA said that a sample of Pacific Cilantro tested positive for Salmonella. The recall is the result of a positive FDA Salmonella test taken at the distributor level. The source of contamination remains unknown.
The cilantro originates from Salt River Farming, located in the Phoenix, Arizona area and are distributed in Pacific International Marketing cartons of 60 bunches, 30 bunches, and 20 three-bunched sleeves. The product is bunched cilantro that bears the word “Pacific” on the twist tie and the UPC, which is 33383 80104. The UPC for sleeves is 40695 80104. The carton codes are as follows:
• 19 78 111411
• 19 78 111811
• 19 84 111811
• 19 94 111811
• 19 78 111911
• 19 84 111911
• 19 94 119111
• 19 78 112111
The recalled cilantro cartons were distributed in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana, South Carolina, and Missouri through retailers.
Consumers who have purchased the cilantro after November 16th, but before December 10th, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Pacific International Marketing can be reached at 831.755.1398 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), Monday through Friday, or by mail to P.O. Box 3737, Salinas, California, 93912-3737
No Illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this problem; however, it can take some time from purchase to consumption and, then, from consumption, to present with illness symptoms. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis—Salmonella infection—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever with symptoms manifesting, usually within 6 – 72 hours.
Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. And, sometimes, infection can result in, and produce other more, severe or chronic illnesses. Salmonella can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, leaving sufferers with serious life-long health issues and can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.