A very common herb, sold in many Midwest stores has been flagged by the FDA for causing a bacterial outbreak that has now infected multiple people in at least seven different states.

And this product has been recalled from Michigan stores, meaning it's possible it could be in your cupboard or refrigerator.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) put out a joint notice on April 17th, stating there has been a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, linked to organic basil, distributed by the company "Infinite Herbs."

A list of states where the product is sold, shows that Trader Joe's in Michigan, as well as Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois, all sold the product in their stores.

"Trader Joes has voluntarily removed all Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil packed in 2.5-oz clamshell packaging from their stores, and this product should no longer be available for sale."

To date, the CDC has reported 12 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella, and recorded these infections from seven different states.

If you bought this product with the UPC code "8 18042 02147 7" between February 1st, and April 6, you should document the product, and dispose of it, then contact the CDC if you exhibit any symptoms of Salmonella poisoning.

What are the Symptoms of Salmonella Typhimurium?

When initially found, and linked to Cantaloupe in 2012, the bacterial infection was found to cause those infect to have the following symptoms:

  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • abdominal cramps (12-72 hours after infection)

The illness will typically last between 4 and 7 days, and most people recover without any major issues. However the CDC says some people who are don't take care of possible dehydration from extreme diarrhea can end up in the hospital. Some people have even been hospitalized for extreme diarrhea.

If you begin to feel any of these symptoms, and you believe it is because of food you have consumed, contact a doctor immediately.

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