Huntington Beach, CA, November 28th, 2017
In October, a company out of Fremont, California announced that they were recalling packages of organic tarragon that were distributed in 21 states through retail stores and e-commerce transactions. The reason for the recall was due to the potential for Salmonella contamination in the perennial herb.
Fortunately, at the time of the announcement there had been no reports of illnesses, but the recall was initiated out of an abundance of caution. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is frequently associated many common foods. A food product contaminated with Salmonella can make anyone sick, but young children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system are often most susceptible. Most people who become infected develop diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. After approximately 4 to 7 days, most people will recover without treatment, but in severe cases, people may need to be hospitalized and death can occur in extreme circumstances.
“People often associate Salmonella with raw eggs and poultry, but this is a clear example and a good reminder that many types of foods and raw ingredients are susceptible to contamination from this and other microbial pathogens,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “At LA Testing, we help to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks and costly product recalls by providing a comprehensive range of microbial testing services to prevent contaminated foods from reaching consumers. These services are available to food manufacturers, importers, retailers, regulators, health officials and the general public.”
LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video about Salmonella that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/EW_aOUl0cag.
To learn more about testing for foodborne pathogens or other food testing and labeling services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC Elite, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.