FDA Recalls Organic Basil Due to Salmonella Outbreak

Infinite Herbs LLC voluntarily recalled its 2.5-oz packages sold at select Trader Joe’s and other stores.

April 23, 2024

The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella linked to recalled organic basil, the FDA said.

On April 18, Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida, voluntarily recalled 2.5-oz packages of Infinite Herbs-brand fresh organic basil sold at select Trader Joe’s stores and Fruit Center Marketplace stores in Massachusetts from February 1 through April 6, 2024.

The next day, the recall was expanded to include Melissa’s-brand organic basil sold in 2.0 and 4.0-oz packages at Dierberg’s stores in Illinois and Missouri between February 10-20.

Both brands of recalled basil are no longer available for sale and any previously purchased basil should be past shelf life. FDA recommends basil purchased from the stores listed below and frozen during the recall dates be thrown away.

Infinite Herbs-brand was sold at:

  • Trader Joe’s stores in D.C. and AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, and WI.
  • Fruit Center Marketplace stores in MA.

Melissa’s-brand was sold at:

  • Dierberg’s stores in IL and MO.

Consumers should follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning advice and use extra care in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with this product to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include illness occurring within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and usually lasts four to seven days. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Children younger than five, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.