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Buurma Farms recalls cilantro for possible Listeria contamination

Buurma Farms Inc. in Willard, OH, is voluntarily recalling 465 boxes of cilantro due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Buurma Farms has not received any case of reported illness related to this product to date.

The cilantro was sold to distributors in Michigan on Aug. 3. The product was also shipped to retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The cilantro, which was distributed through Meijer and Ben B Schwartz & Sons in Michigan the week of Aug. 5-9, could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The cilantro has a Buurma Farms twist-tie on it.

Product affected by the recall is "Cilantro, fresh, UPC #4889, Lot #02D312A4, GTIN: 0 33383 80104 9." Product is sold in four-ounce bunches with a Product of USA Buurma Farms #4889 labeled twist tie,

Buurma Farms Inc. became aware of this issue after the Michigan Department of Agriculture conducted a routine test on a sample obtained at Ben B Schwartz and found that sample contained the bacteria. The recall does not affect any other Buurma Farms produce products.

Upon learning of the potential contamination, Buurma Farms quickly alerted the retailer and wholesaler and requested they remove the produce from their shelves. The source of the contamination is still under investigation. To date Buurma Farms has not been able to find any other evidence of contamination within their supply chain. Buurma Farms, Inc. is fully co-operating with the FDA in its investigation.

Buurma Farms Inc. said in a statement that it is committed to consumer safety. "We have product handling and food-safety protocols in place to assure we provide our retailers, wholesalers and their customers with fresh, safe and healthy products," the statement read. "Our audits by an independent third-party laboratory rated our procedures as Superior in the industry."