Cilantro Recalled For Salmonella Risk

Satur Farms of Cutchogue, New York is recalling 138 pounds of its Satur Farms Cilantro over <"">Salmonella contamination concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recalled Satur Farms Cilantro was distributed to six customers in New York City and Long Island, New York and was distributed in ½-pound and 1-pound bulk bags, which contained a small white stick-on label with the four digit lot number 6347.

No illnesses have been reported, to date; however, it is important to bear in mind that the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning can take some time to manifest.

The presence of Salmonella was detected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during routine testing. As a result, Satur Farms voluntarily ceased the distribution of the cilantro.

Further investigation revealed that two subsequent lots of Satur Farms cilantro tested negative for the Salmonella pathogen; however, the seed used has tested suspect and further tests are being conducted on the seed to confirm if it is the source of contamination.

None of the recalled cilantro was shipped to retail markets. Food service customers who have purchased Satur Farms Cilantro from the lot in question are urged to return it to Satur Farms or contact the firm at 1.631.734.4219, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

Salmonella-contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled; however, consumption of food contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria may cause Salmonella infection, known as salmonellosis.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with Salmonella usually experience symptoms beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or beverage.

Symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea and usually last 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without antibiotic treatment; however, the diarrhea can be severe, and hospitalization may be required.

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may have a more serious illness and symptoms. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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