July 18, 2002
Spice World Has Recalled 1 oz. Basil Leaves
Orlando, FL (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Spice World, Inc has
recalled 1 oz. plastic bottles of Spice World brand BASIL LEAVES, because it
has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can
cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or
elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons
infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be
bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances,
infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the
bloodstream and producing more severe illness such as arterial infections
(i.e., infected aneurysms), and endocarditis and arthritis.
Fifty-two (52) cases (1,248 bottles) or BASIL LEAVES were distributed
through supermarkets in South Florida. The product is packed in 1 oz.
plastic bottles with a green and white label stating Spice World brand BASIL
LEAVES with the code"0912" stamped in ink on the label.
When BASIL LEAVES are used in preparing foods cooked at 165 degrees
Fahrenheit or higher, the risk of food borne illness due to Salmonella is
significantly reduced. Nevertheless, the company understands that some
customers may not cook this product at such temperatures and wishes to
notify the public accordingly.
No illnesses have been reported to date. The company has ceased distribution
of the product with the code date in question.
Consumers who have purchased Spice World 1 oz. BASIL LEAVES, coded 0912, are
urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers
with questions may contact the company at 1-800-433-4979.