The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week recalled 138 pounds of cilantro sold by Cutchogue's Satur Farms after it found salmonella in a routine test of the product.
The cilantro was shipped in half-pound and one-pound bags to six food service customers in New York City and Long Island, though none was sent to public markets for sale. The bags are from lot number 6347.
Salmonella is a strain of bacteria that can be deadly if ingested, especially by small children or the elderly. It can cause serious stomach reactions such as nausea and intense vomiting. In rare cases, it can get into the bloodstream and cause deadly infections.
Satur has voluntarily stopped shipping its stockpiles of the herb while the FDA conducts more tests. Since the salmonella was found, two new batches of the herb have tested negative for the contaminant.
The FDA is now testing the seeds to see if they are the source of the bacteria.
Satur asks the public to call the company at 631-734-4219 if they have any questions or concerns.