Dangerous Outbreak in Michigan Linked to Common Cooking Herb

The FDA has issued a warning about a popular herb sold in various Midwest stores due to its association with a bacterial outbreak. This outbreak has already affected numerous individuals across seven states.

There is a possibility that this product may be in your cupboard or refrigerator as it has been recalled from Michigan stores.

On April 17th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a joint notice regarding an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. This outbreak has been linked to organic basil that was distributed by the company “Infinite Herbs.”

Trader Joe’s sells the product in their stores in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois, according to the list of states where it is available.

“Trader Joes has voluntarily removed all Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil packed in 2.5-oz clamshell packaging from their stores, and this product should no longer be available for sale.”

So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that 12 individuals have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. These infections have been reported across seven different states.

If you purchased a product with the UPC code “8 18042 02147 7” between February 1st and April 6, it is important to record the details of the product and dispose of it. In case you experience any symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, it is advised to contact the CDC for further assistance.

What are the Symptoms of Salmonella Typhimurium?

In 2012, when the bacterial infection was first discovered and linked to Cantaloupe, those who were infected experienced the following symptoms:

    • diarrhea
    • fever
    • abdominal cramps (12-72 hours after infection)

According to the CDC, the illness generally lasts for a duration of 4 to 7 days, and the majority of individuals recover without experiencing significant complications. However, it is important to note that individuals who fail to address the possibility of dehydration resulting from severe diarrhea may require hospitalization. In fact, there have been cases where hospitalization was necessary due to extreme diarrhea.

If you start experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect that they are caused by the food you ate, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention.

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