PESTICIDES FOUND ON SPECIALTY CACTUS SOLD AT STATER BROTHERS

PESTICIDES FOUND ON SPECIALTY CACTUS SOLD AT STATER BROTHERS

Love eating the Mexican cactus known as nopales? Be careful where you buy them.

Yesterday, state officials warned Californians not to eat nopales imported from Mexico and sold at locations, including Stater Bros. stores, after inspectors discovered unapproved pesticides. The produce was packaged under the names Mexpogroup Fresh Produce, Aramburo or Los Tres Huastecos, the release said. Anyone who has purchased these products recently should throw them away or return them to the store, and anyone who’s felt ill after eating them should see a health care provider. No illnesses from the cactus have been reported to date. Stater Bros. Markets spokeswoman Marisa Kutansky said the company received notification of the nopales recall Jan. 30 and determined that only eight cases of the product had been shipped to its stores.

“We identified those specific cases of product but out of an abundance of caution, we decided to destroy all product in all stores as well as all product in our warehouse,” Kutansky wrote in an email. “Furthermore, this product is no longer carried in any of our stores.”

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