[Sca-Cooks] Fresh ginger recall

Sharon Gordon gordonse at one.net
Tue Jul 31 05:27:31 PDT 2007

California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Eat Fresh
Ginger From China

Suanne Buggy
(916) 440-7259

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Sacramento, CA -- July 29, 2007 -- Dr. Mark Horton,
director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned
consumers not to eat fresh ginger imported from China after the California
Department of Pesticide Regulation's residue monitoring program detected the
presence of aldicarb sulfoxide in some batches of imported ginger. Aldicarb
sulfoxide is a pesticide that is not approved for use on ginger.

The product is known to have been distributed to Albertson's stores and Save
Mart stores in northern California by Christopher Ranch of Gilroy,

CDPH and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are tracing the imported
ginger from the importer (Modern Trading Inc. in Alhambra, California) to
determine the full distribution of the product and to identify other retail
stores that may have received the product.

Currently, there are no reports of illness associated with the contaminated

Consumers who may have purchased this product from Albertson's stores and
Save Mart stores in northern California should discard it.

Symptoms of aldicarb poisoning in humans are likely to occur within the
first hour following exposure. Ingestion of foods contaminated with aldicarb
at low levels can cause flu-like symptoms (nausea, headache, blurred vision)
which disappear quickly, usually within 5 or 6 hours. However, at higher
levels, ingestion of aldicarb contaminated food can also cause dizziness,
salivation, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle stiffness and
twitching, and difficulty in breathing.

Individuals who may have consumed this product and have any of the above
symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.

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