Do you use basil leaves in your everyday cooking? Did you recently buy basil from Kroger in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin? Well, if you have then go on read this entire blog, as this will educate you more about it because the basil in your fridge may have been called up.
According to the news, Harrisonburg, Virginia, approximately 3,240 units of fresh, packaged organic basil are voluntarily sold at those locations. Reason? Fears of possible contamination with Cyclospora, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Now, if you don’t know much about it, then Cyclospora is a parasite often associated with fresh fruits and vegetables. When a person eats food or drinks contaminated water, they may develop ring disease, which is an intestinal disease (via the Food and Drug Administration). While, Alvearies usually includes frequent and sometimes explosive diarrhea, but it can also include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, pain, gas, bloating and often flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, body aches and fatigue. The usual time between exposure (by consuming contaminated food or water) and the onset of symptoms is about a week, and most people respond quickly and completely to antibiotics.
Symptoms do not appear in everyone who becomes infected. However, an infected person may excrete the parasite in their feces, which may then cause more food and water to be contaminated. All of the basil, subject to the February 8 withdrawal, was grown in Colombia and came in clamshell plastic containers that are labeled organic and sold under the brand names Simple Truth, That Tasty, and Shenandoah Grower’s by That Tasty. Basil was bottled in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 3 and February 4, 2021, before distribution to Kroger.
In this regard, if you purchased organic basil in clamshell packaging bearing any of those brand names from any of these locations after February 3, you should inspect the package (s) for any of the following lot codes: PV40515 1034, PV40515 3034, PV40515 4034, and PV40515 3035, Which was subject to retrieval. If you see any of these lotus symbols, you should throw away the packaging immediately and not eat it. Let us know if you have brought the basil? Did you feel the difference? If yes, you need to discard them asap. Do share and comment in the section below and tag your loved ones to inform about this.