For more information about the UNFI Wild Harvest® Organic Basil recall, to speak to a Cyclospora Lawyer, or to inquire about a Cyclospora Lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.
UNFI Cyclospora Lawyer Update: Wild Harvest® Organic Basil Recalled Due to Cyclospora Concerns.
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) one of North America’s premier food wholesalers announced a recall on a limited quantity of Wild Harvest® Organic Basil, on May 11, 2020. The voluntary recall was issued out of an abundance of caution due to a potential Cyclospora cayetanensis contamination. The recalled products were distributed from UNFI’s Hopkins, MN distribution center to retailers in Minnesota between the time ranges of April 18 to May 5, 2020. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no illnesses have been reported as linked to the recall as of yet.
The products affected by the recall included Wild Harvest® Organic Fresh Basil products sold in .25oz, .75oz, 2oz, and 4oz plastic clamshell containers (UPCs: 0071153550450, 0071153550322, 0071153550762, 0071153550323). The potentially contaminated products can be distinguished by a white sticker with black ink on the back of the container which states: “Product of Colombia” and “112.” In the recalled report it was stated that the company identified the potential contamination during routine sampling. The FDA is advising any consumer who may be in possession of the recalled products to return them to either dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
This is not the first time basil has been recalled due to Cyclospora concerns, on July 24, 2019, Siga Logistics de RL de CV issued a recall on their Fresh Mexican Basil due to a potential Cyclospora contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA later issued a report which stated that the basil recall was linked to a Cyclospora outbreak with a total of 241 reported cases in 11 states. According to the FDA’s final report on the outbreak, 10% of the reported cases of cyclospora in 2019 were due linked to the Fresh Mexican Basil Outbreak linked to Siga Logistics de RL de CV.
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic parasite that can cause an intestinal illness in people called cyclosporiasis. People suffering from a Cyclosporiasis infection may display symptoms such as weight loss, diarrhea, cramps, bloating, and nausea. According to a National Cyclospora Lawyer, Ron Simon, most U.S. laboratories do not test for Cyclospora, even if the stool is analyzed for parasites, the CDC has noted that healthcare professionals need to specifically arrange a Cyclospora screen to properly test for cyclospora.
For more information about the UNFI Wild Harvest® Organic Basil recall, to speak to a
Cyclospora Lawyer, or to inquire about a Cyclospora Lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.