The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising consumers not to eat any Kuntry Gardens produce or products containing produce from Kuntry Gardens of Homer, MI, because it may be contaminated with raw, untreated human waste. 

All of the implicated products are expected to be labeled under the name Kuntry Gardens.

During a routine produce safety inspection, MDARD staff identified that Kuntry Gardens was using raw, untreated human waste on the fields where produce was grown for sale to local grocery stores and direct sale. The use of raw, untreated, human waste for growing commodities intended for human food is a violation of state and federal laws and regulations. 

If not treated professionally, human waste and other body fluids can spread dangerous infectious diseases such as hepatitis A, Clostridium difficile, E. coli, rotavirus and norovirus. 

The state health department has placed impacted product still on the farm under seizure and is working with the farm to oversee disposition and corrective action. 

Products may have been further distributed or sold at additional locations, but is known to have been sold at the following locations in Michigan: 

• Kuntry Gardens, 29910 R Dr South, Homer

• Busch’s Fresh Food Market stores located in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Clinton, Dexter, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Pinckney, Plymouth-Northville, Rochester Hills, Saline, South Lyon, Tecumseh, and West Bloomfield 

• Simply Fresh Market, 7300 Grand River Rd, Brighton

• White Lotus, 7217 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor 

• Argus Farm Stop, 325 W Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

• Agricole Farm Stop, 118 N Main Street, Chelsea

• Pure Pastures, 1192 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth

• Ypsi Coop, 312 North River Street, Ypsilanti

• Greener Pastures Market, 21202 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon

• Holiday Market, 520 S Lilley Rd, Canton

• Cherry Capitol, Traverse City

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported.

However, MDARD is urging any individuals experiencing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), fever, abdominal cramps, loss of appetite, weakness, headache, or other symptoms of foodborne illness to seek medical advice.

Consumers are encouraged to contact the farm or facility where product was purchased for instruction on disposal and refund. 

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