Basil Contaminated with Salmonella Sickens People Across 29 States


Infinite brand basil containing the dangerous bacteria Salmonella has sickened at least 12 people in New Jersey and 28 other states. One person has been hospitalized. Shipments of the product, which is sold at Trader Joe’s, stopped on April 12, and the product was taken off the shelves. The fresh basil was packaged in 2.5 oz clamshell-style containers.

Food poisoning from Salmonella can cause severe illness and is particularly dangerous for small children, elderly people, and individuals who have weakened immune systems. The vast majority of people will recover within one week without the need for treatment. Symptoms can start anytime from six hours to six days after exposure to the bacteria. These symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhea accompanies by a high-grade fever
  • Diarrhea lasting for longer than three days
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Extreme vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
  • Very little urination
  • Dry throat/mouth
  • Experiencing dizziness upon standing

If you have any Infinite brand basil in your home, throw it out immediately and wash any surfaces that it contacted.

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