Some locally produced herbs are being voluntarily recalled after tests show they may be tainted with salmonella.
It's a voluntary recall of curly parsley and cilantro packed on November 30 and December 6 with the brand name Little Bear brand.
The produce tested positive for salmonella by regulators in Quebec and Detroit.
There have been no reported illnesses, but to be on the safe side, the company is recalling the produce.
The company's website has a statement by the president James Bassetti he said, "We have a good track record, but we'll bring our expectations and standards to even higher levels...We will do a better job, and we've already begun improving our systems."
According to the website, upon learning of the test, Bassetti ordered the shut down of production lines and re-sanitized the production lines.
The company's media relations representative told Action 4 News consumers who have bought curly parsley or cilantro packed on November 30 and December 6--with the Little Bear Brand can return the product to their retailer for a refund.
Consumers with questions can call the company 956-380-0353.
J&D Produce, Inc. Announce More Recalls
This is the statement Action 4 News received from their media representative:
To further ensure public health, additional produce commodities were recalled due to the possibility of cross contamination from having been run on the same packing lines as the curly parsley and cilantro.
The Products Being Recalled, PLU/UPC Number, and Areas Where Distributed are listed below.
CURLY PARSLEY, PLU # 4899, Ontario, Washington, Massachusetts, Quebec, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Missouri, Rhode Island, New York, Texas, Ohio, Connecticut CILANTRO, PLU # 4889, Ontario, Massachusetts, Washington, Quebec, New York, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio ARUGULA, PLU #4884, Ontario, Rhode Island, Texas BEETS, PLU # 4539, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario, Wisconsin, Quebec, Texas, Illinois, Rhode Island PRECAUTIONARY, VOLUNTARY RECALL COLLARDS, PLU # 4614, Ontario, Texas, Wisconsin, Quebec, Michigan, Ohio CURLY MUSTARD, PLU # 4616, Quebec, Texas DIAKON, does not contain PLU or UPC, Ontario, New York, Texas, Quebec DILL, PLU # 4891, Ontario, Massachusetts, Quebec, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, Wisconsin GOLDEN BEETS, PLU # 3273, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Texas GREEN KOHLRABI, PLU # 4628, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Wisconsin GREEN SWISS CHARD, PLU # 4586, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, Texas KALE, PLU # 4627, Ontario, Quebec, Texas, Wisconsin, Montreal, Michigan, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Ohio, Toronto LEEK, PLU # 4629 Texas METHILEAF, UPC # 6 64781 10500 4, Ontario, Texas MINT, PLU # 4896, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan PARSLEY, PLU # 4901, Ontario, Washington, Quebec, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut RAINBOW CHARD, UPC # 6 64781 40610 1, Illinois, Connecticut RED SWISS CHARD, PLU # 4587, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Quebec, Rhode Island, Texas TEXAS MUSTARD, PLU # 4618, Oklahoma, Texas TURNIPS WITH TOPS, PLU # 4810, Texas, Michigan TURNIP TOPS, PLU # 4619, Texas
All commodities are packed in red, white, and blue waxed cartons under the Little Bear brand. The individual bunches are banded, except for Diakon, using a rubber band or a twist tie identified by a flag tag that shows a little bear with a cowboy hat, a red handkerchief and a Texas flag. All products were distributed through retail stores and wholesale terminal markets.
The commodities have pack dates of either Nov. 30, 2010, or December 6, 2010 and from experience these types of greens are sold, purchased by the consumer and/or eaten within about fourteen days from pack dates; however, if any consumer has any of these items in his or her possession the commodity(s) should be destroyed or returned to the store where purchased for a full refund.
For additional information, contact J&D Produce by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or byfax: 956-381-9732; or by phone at 956-380-0353.
To see an example of the Little Bear Brand tags of the recalled items click on the link: