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15,000 units of private label organic basil recalled

Organic basil, packaged for multiple private labels (packaged and sold under name of the store), has been recalled by Shenandoah Growers because of Cyclospora. The recall comprises 15,000 units representing nearly 10 different private labels. In total, there are 19 recalled private label organic basil products.

The recall was initiated after the Florida Department of Agriculture found on 11/2/2020 the potential presence of Cyclospora. The manufacturer has been instructed to ensure the products have been removed from stores shelves and do not return. The recalled organic basil should not be sold or consumed. Though the products were packaged a month ago, so they should no longer be on store shelves.

Ingesting the Cyclospora parasite can lead to Cyclosporiasis. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Cyclosporiasis can show itself in symptoms such as: severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches and fatigue. Individuals suffering from Cyclosporiasis usually respond well to a treatment that includes antibiotics.

If you’ve purchased the recalled basil, it should not be consumed. Instead, consumers should discard it immediately, and contact Shenandoah Growers about a refund. You can reach the Consumer Response Center for Shenandoah by phone at 844-896-6939 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Eastern time.

To read the full FDA recall notice, click here: