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Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2013

Buurma Farms recalls Cilantro due to listeria risk

Willard, OH company, Buurma Farms, Inc. has voluntarily recalled 465 boxes of Cilantro after routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Buurma Farms cilantro Image/FDA

Buurma Farms cilantro
Image/FDA

The Cilantro, Lot #02D312A4, was sold to distributors in Michigan on August 3, 2013. The product was also shipped to retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The Cilantro, which was distributed through Meijer and Ben B Schwartz and Sons in Michigan the week of August 5-9, could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The Cilantro has a Buurma Farms twist-tie on it.

The Cilantro is sold in ~4 oz. bunches with a Product of USA Buurma Farms #4889 labeled twist tie. To see a list of affected retailers, check here.

Upon learning of the potential contamination, Buurma Farms quickly alerted the retailer and wholesaler and requested they remove the produce from their shelves. The source of the contamination is still under investigation. To date Buurma Farms has not been able to find any other evidence of contamination within their supply chain. Buurma Farms, Inc. is fully co-operating with the FDA in its investigation.

Buurma Farms, Inc. has not received any case of reported illness related to this product to date.

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

Consumers who may have purchased this product should return or dispose of the product.

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