A popular garnish and sushi products were both subject to voluntary recalls recommended by the Food and Drug Administration this weekend. Both came from producers/distributors in Southern California.
Parsley - Muranaka Farm, Inc. of Moorpark is recalling 1005 cases of 60 count bunched Parsley, 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 illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. As a result, the company is immediately implementing a voluntary recall of the 1,005 cases of the 60 count fresh bunched parsley Lot Code 0023909.
574 cases of the product was distributed in California with the remainder spread throughout the country. The product was shipped in a brown wax carton under the Muranaka Label with a parsley silhouette on the side. The bunches were banded using a red rubber band. The lot code 0023909 is on a sticker on the outside of the carton. Shipments were received by both retail and commercial outlets.
No illnesses have been reported.
Consumers with questions may contact Muranaka Farm, Inc. at 805-529-0201 8AM-PM PST with any questions. We also urge consumers to visit their retailer to determine if the product they have purchased is from Muranaka Farm and is associated with Lot Code 0023909.
"The health of all consumers is of the utmost importance to every employee of our company. With that in mind, even though this product is over two weeks old and most likely past the useable shelf life, we have taken immediate actions to ensure that all product is accounted for and out of the supply chain. We are working with all of our customers to insure this product is no longer being distributed." said Greg Emi, President, Muranaka Farm, Inc.
Because of Muranaka Farm's trace recall program the company was able to immediately determine which customers purchased the product in question. Muranaka's food safety protocols also ensure the company was able to determine the amount of cases harvested, the crew harvesting the product, and the field on which the parsley was grown and harvested.
Sushi/Rice Cake - Shining Marble Corporation, doing business as Shil La Dang in Gardena is recalling its Gimbob (fish cake sushi), Modeum rice cake, combination rice cake, Sultok rice cake, and Bean Seolki rice cake.
The Gimbob Fish Cake does not declare tempura fish, wheat, or soybean as an ingredient. The Modeum, Combination, Sultok, and Bean Seolki rice cakes do not declare chestnuts as an ingredient.
People who have allergies or sensitivities to wheat, fish, soybeans, or tree nuts may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
They are distributed in Korean markets in Los Angeles and Orange County.
All products are sold in a 14-ounce package labeled as Shil La Dang and the production date can be found on each label.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the fish cake Gimbob only revealed "tempura" and failed to reveal the ingredients of tempura containing "Fish, Wheat, Soybean", Modeum, Combination, Sultok, Bean Seolki rice cake containing chestnuts did not reveal the presence of chestnuts.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return it to the location of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact Seong Hoon Kim, owner of the Shining Marble Corporation, by calling at 1-310-329-8577 between 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PDT).