SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Cactus pads imported from Mexico may contain pesticides that pose a health risk to consumers, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned Wednesday.
Samples of the vegetable, known as nopales, contained high levels of some pesticides that have been banned in the United States for many years.READ MORE: COVID Reopening: Uber Expects Employees At The Office At Least 3 Days A Week
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation said they sampled nopales from six different grocery stores. Only one, S&L Wholesale Produce in San Francisco, is in the Bay Area.
DPR removed the nopales from store shelves and distribution centers, where the items were destroyed.READ MORE: COVID: Few 'Breakthrough' Infections Among Vaccinated In Sonoma County No Cause For Alarm, Experts Say
Some nopales may have been sold to other stores in California, Nevada and Oregon, according to DPR, and are labeled “Mexpogroup Fresh Produce,” “Aramburo,” or “Los Tres Huastecos.”
People who have been poisoned by the pesticides may experience sweating, vomiting, headache, hypersalivation, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, according to the CDHP.
A CDHP official said extreme effects could include permanent nerve damage and neurotoxicity.MORE NEWS: Curry's 42, Green's Triple-Double Lead Warriors Past Thunder In Rout
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