Wild Harvest Recalls Organic Basil Due to Cyclospora Concern
A recall has been commenced by the United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) for Wild Harvest Organic Basil due to concerns of Cyclospora cayetanensis contamination. The recalled organic basil was sold in Minnesota stores from 04/18/2020- 05/08/2020, distributed from UNFI’s Hopkins, Minnesota distribution center. The effected product was sold in quantities of .25oz, .75oz, 2oz, and 4oz in plastic clam shell containers with UPC codes 0071153550450, 0071153550322, 0071153550762, and 0071153550323. The recalled product has a black and white label stating “Product of Colombia” and “112.” Consumers are advised not to ingest the recalled organic basil and dispose of it immediately. Consumers are also encouraged to call 1-888-256-2800 with any questions. No cases of Cyclosporiasis have been reported due to the contaminated organic basil.
According to the CDC, Cyclosporiasis is a disease caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis through infected food and water. Food and water becomes infected with Cyclospora cayetanensis through contact with infected feces. When stool that is contaminated with Cyclospora cayetanensis is passed, it takes roughly 1-2 weeks before becoming infectious. Those infected with Cyclosporiasis typically present symptoms 1 week after being infected, though cases have been presented where those infected present no symptoms. Cyclosporiasis has similar symptoms to food poisoning, including watery diarrhea which can bring frequent and explosive bowel movements. Common symptoms also include stomach issues such as cramps, bloating, nausea, increased flatulence, and loss of appetite. Other symptoms of Cyclosporiasis include flu-like symptoms such as vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis without medical treatment can last for a month or longer, though some have reported it resolving in a few days. If you believe you have Cyclosporiasis, seek treatment from your healthcare provider who will sample your stool for the parasite. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with a combination of two antibiotics, though there is no current treatment for patients who are allergic to sulfa drugs.