Fresh Organic Basil Recall: What You Should Know

There’s been some concerning news lately about fresh organic basil products. A company called Infinite Herbs LLC, based in Florida, has had to recall some of their basil due to worries about possible salmonella contamination.

It started with their 2.5-ounce packages of fresh organic basil, but now it’s expanded to include Melissa’s brand basil in 2-ounce and 4-ounce packages too. Let’s dive into what this means for consumers and what precautions we should take.

1. How It All Started

The recall was first announced last Thursday, focusing on those 2.5-ounce packages of Infinite Herbs fresh organic basil. If you’ve got one of those with the UPC 8 18042 02147 7, it’s included. They were sold between February 1 and April 6. The announcement, posted on the FDA website, warned people about the potential salmonella contamination and the health risks it could pose.

2. The Recall Grows

By Friday, things got more serious. The recall now includes Melissa’s brand basil in 2-ounce (UPC 0 45255 14142) and 4-ounce packages (UPC 0 45255 14439 0). These were sold at Dierbergs stores in Missouri and Illinois between February 10 and 20. Expanding the recall shows how serious the situation is, aiming to stop any more people from being exposed to possibly contaminated basil.

3. Health Risks of Salmonella

Salmonella is a bacteria that can make you really sick, especially if you’re young, elderly, or have a weak immune system. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea (which might have blood), nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. In bad cases, it can even lead to serious illness or bloodstream infections.

4. What the Company Says

Infinite Herbs LLC is taking this seriously. They’re worried about the recall and the sicknesses people have reported. They’re promising to find out why this happened and do what they can to stop it from happening again. They’re asking people not to eat the recalled basil and to get in touch with them if they need help or more info.

5. What the Experts Say

According to the CDC, there have been 12 cases of salmonella infections linked to the recalled basil. The FDA and other agencies are watching the situation closely and will give updates as needed. They’ve got lots of info about salmonella and how to stay safe on their websites.

6. Other Recalls

It’s not just basil. Some other food products have been recalled too. Feel Good Foods is recalling its Plain and Everything flavored Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Bagels because they might have gluten in them.

Roly Poly Bakery has recalled Multigrain Bread because it might have traces of eggs. These recalls show how important it is to keep an eye on food safety and for companies to act fast to fix any problems.


This basil recall is a reminder of how crucial food safety is. We should all be careful, check our fridges and freezers for the recalled products, and listen to what the experts and food companies say. By staying informed and being careful, we can reduce the chances of getting sick from our food.

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