Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Fresh Basil

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Posted April 19, 2024

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 12
  • Hospitalizations: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 7
  • Recall: Yes
  • Investigation status: Active
Recalled Food

Infinite Herbs brand organic basil

  • Packaged in 2.5 oz clamshell-style containers
  • Sold at Trader Joe’s stores in 29 states and Washington, D.C.: AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI.
  • Sold at Fruit Center Marketplace stores in MA
  • Sold between Feb 1, 2024, and April 6, 2024
  • Trader Joe’s pulled this product from stores, and it is no longer available for purchase

Melissa’s brand fresh organic basil

  • Packaged in 2 oz and 4 oz containers
  • Sold at Dierberg’s stores in Illinois and Missouri between Feb 10, 2024, and Feb 20, 2024
  • This product is outdated and no longer available for sale

See FDA’s website for more information.

What You Should Do
  • Do not eat any recalled basil. Check your home for recalled basil listed above. Throw it away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the basil using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up
What Businesses Should Do
  • Do not sell or serve recalled basil listed above.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled basil.
Symptoms of Salmonella
  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.