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RECALL ALERT: Trader Joe’s Recalls Popular Herb Due To Salmonella Outbreak, Here Are The States Affected

Trader Joe’s has recalled its basil after a Federal investigation linked the herb sold at Trader Joe’s to dozens of cases of salmonella.

Currently, one person has been hospitalized for eating the salmonella-infected basil.

Trader Joe’s in 29 states has recalled the contaminated basil.

Here are the states affected:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

NPR had more to report on the outbreak:

Trader Joe’s has recalled fresh basil sold in 29 states and Washington, D.C., after a federal investigation linked the product to a dozen cases of salmonella infection in seven states.

So far, one patient among the 12 affected has been hospitalized, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The grocery chain has removed the product from its shelves, but Trader Joe’s warned customers to check their kitchens for the Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil sold between Feb. 1 and April 6 — and throw it out. Customers can also return the recalled basil for a full refund, the company said.

Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil recalled by Trader Joe’s have been linked to salmonella infections in several states.
Food and Drug Administration
The product was packaged in 2.5-oz clamshell containers and sold in the District of Columbia along with the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Per NBC 4 Washington:

Trader Joe’s has recalled packaged herbs linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak, the grocery chain announced this week.

The product, Infinite Herbs organic basil, was sold in 2.5-ounce clamshell containers from Feb. 1 to April 6 in 29 states as well as in Washington, D.C., Trader Joe’s said on Wednesday.

There have been 12 reports in seven states of people infected with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious or fatal illness, according to federal officials. One person was hospitalized.

“Seven of eight cases with information available reported exposure to fresh organic basil purchased from Trader Joe’s before becoming ill,” the Food and Drug Administration said on its website, adding that “traceback data” it had collected determined that Florida-based Infinite Herbs, LLC, had supplied the basil to Trader Joe’s.

Grego Berliavsky, the head of Infinite Herbs, said Wednesday that the company had voluntarily recalled the product.


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