The Food and Drug Administration has reported that the California Department of Public Health has issued another warning regarding a food item from China. This time, it is fresh ginger that has been identified as being sold in Northern California, so far.
The warning was issued after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, through its residue monitoring program detected the presence of a dangerous pesticide, Aldicarb sulfoxide
Aldicarb sulfoxide is a High Toxicity Carbamate Pesticide is not authorized to be used on ginger. You might be able to detect a slight odor of sulfur on the contaminated ginger, but even if there is no odor, there can still be danger.
It can cause these symptoms. Malaise, muscle weakness, dizziness, and sweating, headache, salivation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, miosis with blurred vision, incoordination, muscle twitching and slurred speech.
In the most sever cases, there will be Central nervous system depression which includes coma, seizures and hypotonicity as well as hypertension and cardiorespiratory depression. dyspnea, bronchospasms and bronchorrhea with eventual pulmonary edema. The symptoms usually appear within the first hour of ingesting the pesticide and with low levels of the pesticide, usually disappear within 5 to 6 hours.
Anyone who starts to exhibit any of the symptoms after using ginger should seek medical attention immediately
The California markets that have so far been identified as carrying the contaminated ginger from China are Albertson’s Stores and Save Mart stores in northern California and the distributor that has been identified so far is Christopher Ranch of Gilroy, California. It was imported by Modern Trading Inc. in Alhambra, California and the two agencies are working together to try and discover what other markets in California may have received the ginger, and also to determine if the ginger was transported out of state.
So far, they have been very lucky because there have been no reports of illness from the ginger.
Customers are strongly urged to discard any ginger that was purchased from the two chains mentioned
With the amount of food recalls recently, and not all from contamination and a good deal of them being traced to ingredients or products that have come from foreign countries, it is important for the consumer to remember that imported foods are supposed to be labeled with the country of origin. If they are not labeled, ask. The containers or boxes they come in are marked with the country of origin.
Source; FDA http://www.fda.gov/