Published On: Thu, Apr 10th, 2014

Swanson recalls cilantro due to salmonella concerns


Swanson Health Products is voluntarily recalling Swanson Premium Brand Full Spectrum Cilantro (Coriander), item number SW1112, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.




Salmonella is an organism that 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 entering the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was sold by several different methods. It was either sold at the Swanson Health Products retail store, 109 Broadway N., Fargo, North Dakota, shipped directly to online or mail-order consumers, or held for pick up by the consumer at Swanson Health Products headquarters. The product was sold between November 21, 2013, and January 31, 2014.

The lot numbers of Swanson Premium Brand Full Spectrum Cilantro (Coriander) included in this recall are 203921 and 204888, with a manufacturing date of 11/2013. The lot number and manufacturing date can be found on the label near the UPC code.

Swanson Health Products became aware of the potential contamination after being notified by its supplier, UST Corporation, Layton, Utah. UST Corp. had earlier learned of the potential contamination from its supplier. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall. The raw material, as well as the finished products capsules, have been tested and found to contain no trace of Salmonella.

Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to Swanson Health Products headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota. Consumers or media with questions should contact Swanson Health Products Customer Care at (800) 451-9304 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm CDT).

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