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Cilantro Recall Sparks Salmonella Fears in 7 States

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By Admin on December 13, 2011 5:45 AM

Thousands of cartons of fresh cilantro are being recalled after a sample tested positive for Salmonella, which could be deadly if ingested.

No illnesses have been reported, but the company that sold the cilantro, Pacific International Marketing, announced the cilantro recall Dec. 9.

The Food and Drug Administration found Salmonella in a sample of Pacific cilantro, but the source of the Salmonella is not known, Pacific said in a press release.

Salmonella can cause serious and potentially fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people can also experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.

The recalled cilantro was sold in bunches in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana, South Carolina, and Missouri, between Nov. 16 and Dec. 10. The word "Pacific" is on the twist tie of each bunch, along with a UPC code of "33383 80104."

The cilantro is also sold in separately marked three-bunch packages. When packaged together, there is a UPC code on the plastic bag that reads "40695 80104."

The FDA's website shows photos of the bags and twist ties affected by the cilantro recall. In all, 6,141 cartons of Pacific cilantro are being recalled.

Pacific International is based in Salinas, Calif., but the cilantro affected by the recall came from a farm near Phoenix, Ariz., the company said.

Consumers affected by the Pacific cilantro recall can return it to the store where they purchased it for a refund. Consumers can also contact Pacific International at 831-755-1398.

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