CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Fresh Basil


Fast Facts

  • Illnesses: 12
  • Hospitalizations: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 7
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Active

Contaminated Food

Infinite Herbs brand organic basil, 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.
  • Trader Joe’s has pulled this product from stores, and it is no longer available for purchase.
  • Infinite Herbs is cooperating with the FDA investigation and has agreed to initiate a voluntarily recall.

Seven sick people purchased or likely purchased Infinite Herbs organic basil in 2.5 oz clamshell-style containers sold from Trader Joe’s.

What You Should Do

  • Do not eat any contaminated basil. Check your home for contaminated basil listed above. Throw it away or return it to Trader Joe’s.
  • 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 contaminated basil listed above.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with contaminated 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.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/basil-04-24/index.html