Satur Farms, Cutchogue, N.Y., issued a voluntary recall for for cilantro â limited to six foodservice customers â after a routine test by the U.S. Department of Agriculture detected possible salmonella contamination.
The 138 pounds of recalled cilantro was not shipped to retail markets, but was sent to foodservice customers in New York City and Long Island, N.Y., according to the companyâs recall notice. The cilantro was distributed in half-pound and 1-pound bulk bags that have a small white stick-on label with the four digit lot number 6347.
The April 20 notice stated that no illnesses had been reported. The company notice did not indicate when or where the routine USDA testing was done.
The company has stopped distribution of the cilantro. Tests on the seed used were inconclusive and further tests are being conducted on it to determine whether it was the source of the salmonella contamination. The company spokeswoman listed on the recall notice was not immediately available.
This recall comes less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration sent a guidance letter to firms that grow, harvest, sort, pack or ship cilantro. The April 1 letter recommended that the cilantro growers and shippers develop commodity-specific practices to reduce the chances of salmonella contamination.
Since 2004, the FDA has detected salmonella in 28 fresh cilantro samples. An outbreak in January resulted in the Salinas, Calif.-based Sabor Farms issuing a voluntary recall for cilantro grown in Yuma, Ariz.