The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers about possible Salmonella contamination of Trader Joe's fresh organic basil.

As of April 18, 2024, twelve people have been reported sickened by Salmonella linked to the contaminated basil. One person required hospitalization.

The CDC advises throwing away any Infinite Herbs organic basil purchased from Trader Joe's, regardless of purchase date.

In addition to discarding the basil, wash and sanitize any surfaces or containers that may have come into contact with the contaminated herbs.

Briefly explain Salmonella bacteria, including symptoms of Salmonella infection (diarrhea, fever, vomiting) and high-risk groups

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Advise people experiencing Salmonella symptoms to seek medical attention and inform healthcare providers about possible exposure to contaminated basil.

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