A variety of herbs commonly available at Walmart is involved in a voluntary recall effort. Red Monkey Foods, Inc. has chosen to recall their products containing organic parsley "out of an abundance of caution" as some of the bulk lot-supplies of that herb have been found to be potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Red Monkey Foods, Inc. packages and sells herbs under a variety of brand names - including Great Value - a product commonly sold at Walmart stores nationwide.

The recall stems from one initiated by High Quality Organics (HQO).  HQO issued their own recall involving organic parsley - and they are a supplier of that herb to Red Monkey Foods, Inc - which sells it as parsley and as an ingredient in their herbes de provence product.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there have been "no consumer complaints or reported cases of Salmonellosis in connection with these products".  Each of the herb companies are simply using caution.

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The USFDA shares the following concerns and symptoms in regards to Salmonellosis:

"Salmonella 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, 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, endocarditis and arthritis."

Here is a breakdown of the affected parsley and herbes de provence products sold under the Great Value name, and available at Walmart - including package size, UPC, lot codes, best-by-dates, etc.:

  • Great Value Herbes De Provence Organic - 0.6 ounce container, Item number GV5451-24, UPC: 0 78742 15451 0, Lot number: 2562001C, Best if used by Mar 14 2023
  • Great Value Parsley Flakes - 0.3 ounce container, Item number GV5460-24, UPC: 0 78742 15460 0, Lot number: 2532002J, Best if used by Mar 11 2023

The full list of other brand names, lot codes, etc is available by clicking here.

Customers who have the affected herb products are urged not to consume them.  They're directed to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Questions can be directed at the Customer Service Center:  417-319-7300.

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