Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned people not to eat certain fresh cilantro distributed by Tanimura & Antle, based in Salinas, because the cilantro may be contaminated with Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported.

cilantro.jpgThe suspected cilantro was available at retail locations in California from January 14 through today. The cilantro was sold in bunches containing a white twist-tie printed with blue lettering. The twist-ties contain the words “Produce of USA, Cilantro #4889” and have a blue Tanimura & Antle logo adjacent to the UPC code 33383 80104.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness. People who develop symptoms of Salmonella infection after consuming cilantro should consult their health care provider.

While the contaminated cilantro may no longer be available in retail stores, CDPH is concerned that consumers may still have some in their homes. Consumers in possession of this contaminated cilantro should not eat it.