Totally Recalled: various dried basil products, for home and professional use
The product: Spice Kingdom Basil—Egyptian, 30M, whole, fancy (sold in bulk 25 kg bags); All Seasons basil rubbed (in 2.27 kg packages); Jardi basil (in 13 g packages)
The UPC: N/A (Spice Kingdom); 0 66844 22133 9 (All Seasons); and 7 72065 23100 1 (Jardi)
Lot codes: Lot no. 4685/E (Spice Kingdom); all codes where the second through fourth digits are 038 or higher (All Seasons); and Lot no. 067 12 (Jardi).
The Details: Chefs (both amateur and professional) take note: the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued warnings for a slew of dried basil products that may be carrying the sneaky Salmonella bacteria (contaminated food doesn’t necessarily look or smell spoiled). The recalled Spice Kingdom dried Egyptian basil was sold to cash and carry outlets, restaurants, bakeries and food service establishments in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. As part of their investigation, the CFIA is also recalling basil products from the same supplier; so far, All Seasons basil (rubbed) and Jardi basil have been looped into the recall. Although there have not yet been any reported illnesses from any of the aforementioned products, it might be safer to go with the fresh stuff this week when putting together a pasta sauce. [CFIA]