A voluntary recall is underway for some fresh basil from Mexico that may be contaminated with a parasite that causes intestinal illness.
This week, the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control alerted consumers to an outbreak of Cyclospora traced to fresh basil imported from part of Mexico.
But if you’re headed to the farmer’s market this weekend, there’s good news — basil grown in the US, including in New Jersey, is not implicated in this recall, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture said in a press release.
Produce labeled “Jersey Fresh” has been grown in the Garden State.
What if it’s in my fridge?
The FDA and CDC, with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora illnesses potentially linked to fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV located in Morelos, Mexico, according to the FDA.
Although the investigation is ongoing, CDC’s analysis of epidemiologic information indicates that contaminated fresh basil is the likely cause of the illnesses, the FDA said.
The FDA recommends that consumers not to buy, eat or serve any fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV located in Morelos, Mexico.
“Do not consume or serve uncooked items like pesto or salad, that may include fresh basil from Mexico, unless you are certain that the fresh basil was not exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV,” it said.
If you’re not sure if the basil you have is from this company, you should avoid basil from Mexico, the FDA said, and if you don’t know what country the basil is from, avoid that, too.
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