J & D Produce of Edinburg, TX, has initiated a voluntary recall of curly parsley in Quebec and cilantro in Detroit, MI. In Urbana, IL, Tiny Greens is recalling alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts. The produce is being recalled because of Salmonella warnings.
Following confirmation from regulators of a positive test for Salmonella on curly parsley in Quebec and cilantro in Detroit, J&D Produce, Inc. has initiated a precautionary, voluntary recall of these two items and other potentially affected products packed only Nov. 30 and Dec. 6. There have been no reported illnesses.
“It’s imperative to protect public health, even if that means being overzealous in expanding the scope of the products we’re calling back,” said James Bassetti, president of J&D Produce Inc. “We will work closely with regulators, health officials and our customers in bringing back the products.
To further ensure public health, 19 additional produce commodities were recalled due to the possibility of cross contamination from having been run on the same packing lines as the curly parsley and cilantro. Click here for more information on the additional produce commodities being recalled.
A Separate Incident
In addition, Tiny Greens of Urbana, IL, is recalling all alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts from Nov. 1 through Dec. 21 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Product was distributed through various distributors in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri and could have ended up in restaurants and supermarkets near those areas.
The company has decided to voluntarily recall its 4-ounce spicy sprouts and its 4-ounce, 1-pound, 2-pound, and 5-pound alfalfa sprouts (all package sizes) with lot codes 348, 350, or 354. In addition, the company is recalling any product containing alfalfa sprouts with our lot number 305 thru 348.
According to a press release from FDA, the mutual goal of both FDA and Tiny Greens is to pinpoint the source of the contamination and stop the spread of Salmonella. There is only a statistical association at this point to Tiny Greens alfalfa sprouts. FDA and Tiny Greens are continuing to work closely together, sharing all data with each other to find the source of the problem.
There have been 51 confirmed cases of Salmonella in Illinois and around that same number in 15 other states. This is a common strain for Salmonella contamination and the cases in distant states are probably not linked to the ones in Illinois.
The illnesses were reported after individuals reported eating alfalfa sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois. The FDA and Tiny Greens and the Illinois Department of Public Health continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.