September 30, 2014

Fresh Cilantro Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is recalled fresh cilantro sold at certain stores after testing found it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The particular serotype of the bacteria has not been announced. The cilantro was grown in California; the MDA is working with the FDA and the State of California to find the source of the herb. The threatened Microbiological Data Program (MDP) discovered the contamination.

The cilantro was sold in bunches in retail stores in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin between July 26, 2012 and August 6, 2012.  You can see a list of the retail stores at the MDA web site.

If you purchased this product; do not eat it. Throw it out or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. There have not been any confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Just in the last few months, the Microbiological Data Program discovered Listeria monocytogenes in alfalfa sprouts, Salmonella in spinach, Salmonella in grape tomatoes, and Listeria monocytogenes in Burch Equipment cantaloupes, leading to recalls of all of those products. After receiving a lot of criticism over ending the program, the USDA funded the MDP through 2012.

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