Two apparently separate outbreaks of salmonella have prompted recalls of alfalfa sprouts, cilantro and parsley.
The FDA says the contaminated alfalfa sprouts have been traced to Tiny Greens Organic Farm, which sold the vegetables in four-ounce and five-pound containers to farmer’s markets and grocery stores. They also sell sprouts to restaurants, including the sandwich chain Jimmy John’s. The sprouts have made 94 people ill in 16 states, but no deaths have been linked to the outbreak.
The second incident involves cilantro and curly parsley that tested positive for salmonella in Michigan and Quebec. The affected greens came from J&D Produce, Inc., a Texas-based company. Fortunately, there have been no reports of anyone getting sick from the cilantro or parsley, but the company is recalling nearly 7,000 cases of greens. In response to the discovery of salmonella, regulators and health inspectors are intensifying inspections of J&D Produce’s facilities.
December 29th, 2010