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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 9, 2012 – Fresco
Green Farms Inc. of Winchester, CA is recalling 1,643 cases of
Cilantro harvested from July 18th 2012 to July 27th 2012, because
it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella,
an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections
in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with
Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be
bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare
circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the
organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe
illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms),
endocarditis and arthritis. Consumers who believe they have
purchased the affected cilantro should dispose of it and it should
not be consumed.
The cilantro was on store shelves in California and Minnesota
beginning July 19, 2012 and likely sold or removed from sale before
August 6, 2012. There have been no illnesses reported. The cilantro
is bunched and tied together with a brown rubber band. Each bunch
has the following dimensions; 10 inches of length and 1 ¼
width. The individual bunches have no identifying labels or lot
numbers. They were distributed in shipping cases labeled
“Fresco Green Farms Inc., Hemet, CA. Produce of USA cilantro
2.5dz “ Consumers who may have purchased the cilantro should
contact the store where hey purchased it to determine whether the
cilantro was included in the recall.
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the
USDA, which revealed that the cilantro harvested from July 18th to
July 27th has the potential to be contaminated with
Salmonella. Fresco Green Farm is taking this matter as
high priority and has made extreme quality control measures to
identify if any cilantro is contaminated prior to shipping to
distributors and retail markets.
Consumers whom have concerns may contact Fresco Green Farms Inc. at
(562) 205-7673 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Pacific standard time.