Listeria prompts recall of more than 2 tons of cilantro

08/19/2013 09:52:00 AM
Coral Beach

Buurma Farms Inc., Willard, Ohio, is recalling 4,500 pounds of cilantro in the Midwest because the Michigan Department of Agriculture found listeria in a sample collected Aug. 6.

The Food and Drug Administration posted the cilantro recall notice on its website Aug. 17.

A spokesman at Burmma Farms said the company was notified Aug. 14 that the sample from Detroit wholesaler Ben B. Schwarz & Sons Inc. returned positive results for listeria.

Recalled cilantro from Buurma Farms Inc. Aug. 17, 2013Courtesy Buurma Farms Inc.More than two tons of 4-ounce bunches of cilantro such as this have been recalled by Buurma Farms Inc., Willard, Ohio, because a random sample collected at a distribution center tested positive for listeria. The company immediately notified wholesalers to recall the product, according to the recall notice. A Buurma Farms spokesman said Aug. 19 that none of the product is left in the supply chain.

No illnesses have been reported and when the farm checked its supply chain, no listeria was found as of Aug. 17, according to the recall notice.

The 465 boxes of 4-ounce bunches of cilantro went to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The notice includes a list of retailers that might have received the cilantro: 134 Meijer Inc. stores and a Johnny Pomodoro’s Fresh Market in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Retailers would have received the cilantro Aug. 5-9, said the buurma spokesman. The bunches had a Buurma Farms twist tie on them with the number 4889 printed on it.

Besides Ben B. Schwartz, wholesale distributors listed are Coastal Produce Distributors, Detroit; and Preferred Brands Produce, Lincoln Park, Mich.

The recalled lot is 02D312A4 with a GTIN of 0 33383 80104 9.

No other Buurma Farms products are involved in the recall.

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