The recall was announced following a random inspection by the FDA that found the products contained Salmonella. The distribution and importation of the products have been suspended while the FDA and the company continue their investigation.
The Basil was distributed in Arizona, Southern California and Nevada on June 30, 2008 to retail stores and direct delivery to customers.
The product was shipped in 14 LB cardboard cartons with 12 individual packages weighting approx.1.2 LB each in clear, unmarked, plastic bags. The exterior cartons were labeled “16 DE SEPTIEMBRE S/N SANTA ROSA TAPACHULA NAYARIT, C.P. 63731” “Thai Basil” and also had an attached sticker with Airway Bill #027 1947 0861.
To date the company has not received reports of illness.
Salmonella symptoms include fever diarrhea (often bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In elderly people, young children and those with otherwise weakened immune systems, illness can often times lead to fatal infections.
Consumers who purchased Basil at a retail location should contact the store they purchased it from to determine if their basil is included in the recall. Consumers can contact the company directly with questions at (714) 554-9293.