Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today announced that Sabor Farms was recalling fresh cilantro that was packed under four different brand names, because the cilantro may be contaminated with Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported.
The recall by Sabor Farms includes cilantro that was available at retail locations in California from January 14 through 28. The cilantro was sold in bunches containing twist-ties under the brand names, Tanimura & Antle, Ocean Mist, Nature’s Reward and Queen Victoria.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness. People who develop symptoms of Salmonella infection after consuming cilantro should consult their health care provider.
While the contaminated cilantro may no longer be available in retail stores, CDPH is concerned that consumers may still have some in their homes. Consumers in possession of this contaminated cilantro should not eat it.
Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free, complaint line at (800) 495-3232.