If You Have This Seasoning at Home, Throw It Out Now, FDA Says

Using this popular herb in your meals could lead to serious health issues, the FDA warns.

Before you go to add some flavor to that dish you're cooking for dinner tonight, you might want to check the seasoning you're using to make sure it's safe first. A popular herb is being recalled due to potential contamination with Cyclospora, a parasite that can cause serious health issues. Read on to discover if you need to purge your fridge now, and while you're clearing out your kitchen, If You Have This Meat at Home, Throw It Away Now, USDA Says.

On Feb. 8, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Shenandoah Growers, Inc. had voluntarily recalled 3,240 units of its fresh, organic basil due to possible Cyclospora contamination. According to the recall notice, Cyclospora can contribute to the intestinal infection cyclosporiasis, which can lead to symptoms including fatigue, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal pain.

The affected basil comes from lots PV40515 1034, PV40515 3034, PV40515 4034, and PV40515 3035 and was packed on either Feb. 3 or Feb 4., 2021. The products in question—which are branded as That's Tasty basil, Shenandoah Growers by That's Tasty basil, That's Tasty (Pasta Blend) basil, and Simple Truth basil—were shipped to the following supermarkets: Indianapolis Fruit, Vine Line Produce, Vine Line Bulk Produce, Kroger, J&J Distributing, and Schnucks. The affected herbs were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

If you have the recalled basil at home, the FDA recommends that you "discard it immediately and not eat it." You can also get in touch with Shenandoah Growers at 844-896-6939 for a refund. And for more items in your kitchen to toss now, know that If You Bought This Beer, Throw It Out Wearing Gloves and a Face Shield.

Food Evolution pasta salad

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On Feb. 5, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a department of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced the recall of approximately 6,806 pounds of prepared salads and dips, including 7-oz. containers of Food Evolution's Tri-Colored Italian Style Rotini Pasta Salad with Salami. The pasta salad was pulled from the market after it was discovered that the meat included in the dish had not been subject to the necessary federal inspection, leading the FSIS to deem it a Class I recall, defined by the "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." If you have the affected pasta salad at home, you should either throw it away or return it to the store from which it was purchased. And for more foods to get rid of right now, If You Have This Beloved Snack at Home, Throw It Away Immediately.

think! oatmeal

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Oatmeal's a food that's pretty hard to ruin—except when it's contaminated by a potentially deadly allergen, that is. On Jan. 28, the FDA announced the recall of think! Protein + Fiber oatmeal in Farmer's Market Berry Crumble flavor due to potential contamination with undeclared pecans or almonds, thus presenting a serious health risk for those with tree nut allergies. The affected oatmeal is printed with either UPC number 753656711836 or 753656712338 and has a best by date of Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, or Oct. 21, 2021. If you have the oatmeal subject to the recall at home, the FDA recommends returning it to the store from which it was purchased for a full refund. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Bickel's Snack Foods Butter Flavored Popcorn

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What's in that movie night snack could be scarier than what you're watching while you eat it. On Jan. 25, the FDA announced that a single lot of 8-oz. containers of Bickel's Snack Foods' Butter Flavored Popcorn had been recalled due to the potential presence of milk, an ingredient—and potential allergen—that was not disclosed on the packaging. The affected product, which was sold at Publix supermarkets in Georgia and North Carolina, bears the UPC number 70175 06021 and has a use by date of Mar. 29. If you have the popcorn in question at home, return it to your local Publix or throw it away, the FDA recommends. And for more foods to ditch, If You Have This Condiment at Home, Throw It Away Now, FDA Says.

Bob Evans Italian sausage

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If you have Bob Evans sausage in your freezer, you might want to check that it's safe to eat before cooking it. On. Jan. 21, the FSIS announced the recall of 4,200 pounds of the sausage because it may have been contaminated with pieces of blue rubber. The affected sausage has a use/freeze by date of Jan. 31, establishment number EST. 6785, and lot code 0352. If you have the sausage in question at home, either throw it away or return it to the store, but don't consume it, the FSIS recommends. And while you're cleaning out your kitchen, If You Have These Chips at Home, the FDA Says Check Them Immediately.


Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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