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Trader Joe's Recalls Basil Due to Salmonella Concerns

The fresh basil has been linked to a dozen Salmonella infections in seven states. Learn how to tell if you have an affected batch here.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published April 19, 2024
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Trader Joe’s fresh organic basil has been linked to a recent salmonella outbreak. Learn more about the recall here.

Why is Trader Joe’s recalling batches of fresh basil?

The popular boutique grocery store is recalling packages of fresh basil after the products were linked to a salmonella outbreak across seven states. So far, Infinite Herbs organic basil sold in 2.5 oz clamshell-style containers has sickened 12 people and led to at least one hospitalization. While Trader Joe’s has now pulled the basil packages from shelves, basil purchased between February 1 and April 6 can still pose a risk if it comes in contact with food surfaces or is ingested.

Why should I be concerned?

Pregnant people are more likely to contract severe illness from salmonella than non-pregnant people due to their weakened immune systems. According to the National Institutes of Health, while not common, salmonella can also increase the chance of complications during pregnancy, depending on the severity of the infection. In some cases, it can increase the chance for preterm delivery and restrict the growth of the fetus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, once contracted, symptoms from salmonella usually start within six hours to six days. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Some severe but often uncommon salmonella strains can sometimes cause infection in urine, blood, bones, joints or the nervous system, and can cause life-threatening issues.

How do I know if my product is affected?

The affected basil was made by Infinite Herbs and sold in 2.5 oz clamshell-style containers in 29 states and Washington. You can see if your state falls under the recall at FDA.gov.

What do I do if I have an affected item?

The FDA maintains that most packages of basil are likely past their shelf life. However if you already bought organic basil from Trader Joe’s and removed it from the packaging or froze it and cannot tell if it was Infinite Herbs-brand, do not eat or use it and throw it away. You should also clean any surfaces that the basil may have come in contact with. If you think you may have symptoms of salmonella, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor.

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