Salmonella Outbreak Hits Parsley, Cilantro and Sprouts

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Double-check your cilantro.

Your pre-New Year’s pledge to stop eating garbage and cook with fresh ingredients should include a little caution when it comes to sprinkling parsley, cilantro and sprouts on your post-gluttony lunches. Cases of all three of these are a part of two different and unrelated recalls due to the presence of salmonella.

A Texas distributor of cilantro and parsley, J&D Produce, Inc., has issued a precautionary voluntary recall of 7,000 cases of its cilantro and curly parsley. The recalled products are sold under the Little Bear label and were packed between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.

The recall was issued after samples in Michigan and Quebec, Canada, tested positive for salmonella. As yet, no sicknesses have been reportedly tied to these products.

Nineteen other products, which were packaged on the same line as the possibly tainted cilantro and parsley, are also being recalled. Customers can take the products to their retailer for a full refund. A complete list of products in the recall can be found on the Little Bear produce website.

Alfalfa sprouts under a separate recall have already sickened almost 100 people in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Tiny Green’s alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts, packaged in 4-ounce containers sold in grocery stores, or 5-lb containers to be sold at farmer’s markets. These should be thrown out immediately.