Salmonella Risk Prompts Sweet Superior Fruit to Recall Cilantro

Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Company of McAllen, Texas, is recalling 104 crates of fresh cilantro (coriander) because the cilantro (coriander) has the potential to be contaminated with <"">Salmonella, a dangerous, sometimes deadly pathogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recalled fresh cilantro (coriander) was sold July 13-16, 2009 in 15-pound, black plastic crates to individuals and companies through cash sales at Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Company at 2501 West Military Highway, Suite #A-5 and A-6, McAllen, Texas. The product may have been further sold through direct retail sales in McAllen, Texas and surrounding areas or used as an ingredient to manufacture additional products.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was revealed through testing by the FDA, which found the presence of Salmonella in the cilantro (coriander) product.

Individuals and companies who purchased fresh cilantro (coriander) from Sweet Superior Fruit from July 13-16, 2009 are being advised to immediately discontinue use of the product. Companies are also being advised to make efforts to recall the product from customers and consumers who may have purchased the recalled cilantro (coriander) and to ask those customers to return the recalled product or throw it away.

Consumers who have purchased fresh cilantro (coriander) in McAllen, Texas and its surrounding areas since July 13, 2009 should determine from the store from where they purchased the product whether or not the fresh cilantro (coriander) they purchased is involved in this recall.

Consumers with questions may contact Sweet Superior directly at 1-956-687-6683.

Salmonella is organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Rarely, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism entering the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

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