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Cilantro recalled at two local stores due to possible health risks

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 6:26 a.m. CDT

Cilantro sold at Meijer stores in Algonquin and McHenry could be contaminated with Listeria bacteria, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Buurma Farms Inc. is recalling 465 boxes of cilantro that was sold to distributors in Michigan earlier this month, according to a news release. Routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture revealed that the herb contained the Listeria bacteria.

The boxes were shipped to retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

In Illinois, that includes Meijer stores located at 400 S. Randall Road in Algonquin and 2253 N. Richmond Road in McHenry.

Listeria can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Kane County Health Department. Those affected may suffer from high fevers, severe headches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Buurma Farms has not received any reports of the illness since contamination was identified, the news release states. The source of the contamination remains under investigation.

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