Basil Sold In 10 Midwestern States Is Being Recalled Over Parasite Fears

A select batch of packaged basil has been voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer Shenandoah Growers, Inc. Over 3,000 units of the herb that were packaged at the company’s Indianapolis location are included in the recall.
According to an announcement by the Food & Drug Administration, the concern is that the select batch of basil is potentially contaminated with Cyclopspora. Cyclospora, which is a parasite, may lead to the Cyclosporiasis infection when ingested. Symptoms of this infection include stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and body aches. Most people respond quickly to treatment with antibiotics.
The announcement said that 3,240 units of the basil were being recalled, each with specific lot codes. A full list of the codes, brands, and UPC numbers can be found on the FDA website and all of them have packaging dates of February 3 or February 4.
Recalled products were shipped to various retail grocery stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, so this recall is mostly affecting the midwest region of the country. A routine check of the product that took place at a Miami checkpoint tested the basil and found that it was at risk of containing Cyclospora.
At the time of publication, no illnesses have been recorded in relation to this recall and no other Shenandoah Growers products are affected. Those who have any of the listed products in their home should dispose of it and not consume it. Customers may also contact the Shenandoah Growers Consumer Response Center at 844-896-6939 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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