Little Bear Parsley and Cilantro Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

J&D Produce Inc. recalled almost 7,000 cases of Little Bear curly parsley and cilantro from 14 states and Canada after samples tested positive for salmonella, the Edinburg, Tex. company said.

The fresh herbs were packed under the Little Bear brand name between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 and were distributed to retailers and wholesalers.

Salmonella can cause a possibly fatal infection in the very young or those with weakened immune systems. Even normally healthy consumers can suffer fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain from the bacteria.

The company said no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled herbs.In all, 2,498 cases of curly parsley -- typically used as a garnish on finished dishes -- were recalled in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Ohio, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Washington and Rhode Island. Another 4,411 cases of cilantro -- a mainstay in Tex-Mex recipes -- were recalled in Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey and Washington.

J&D Produce President James Bassetti said the company already shut down all production lines and re-sanitized them as well as increasing inspections and taking other safety measures.

"We have a good track record, but we'll bring our expectations and standards to even higher levels," he said in a statement. "We're all seeing increased inspections by regulators and health officials here in the U.S. and Canada, and that's positive because it helps further ensure public health. We will do a better job, and we've already begun improving our systems."

Consumers who bought packs of the recalled parsley or cilantro with those packing dates can return them to the store for a full refund. Contact the company at 956-380-0353.

In November, upscale grocer Trader Joe's took four products off its shelves after one of its suppliers announced a cilantro recall for possible salmonella contamination.

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