Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is warning people not to eat certain fresh cilantro distributed by Tanimura & Antle, which is based in Salinas, California. The cilantro may be contaminated with Salmonella, a dangerous, sometimes deadly, food-borne pathogen.
To date, no illnesses have been reported; however, it is important to bear in mind that food poisoning symptoms and the symptoms of salmonella Poisoning can take some time to manifest.
The suspected cilantro was available at retail locations in California from January 14 and was sold in bunches containing a white twist-tie printed with blue lettering. The twist-ties contain the words “Produce of the USA, Cilantro #4889” and have a blue Tanimura & Antle logo adjacent to the UPC code 33383 80104.
Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning infection include fever, Abdominal Cramps, Vomiting, 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 the highest risk for more severe illness.
People who develop symptoms of Salmonella infection after consuming the involved 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 who have seen the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free, complaint line at (800) 495-3232.