State: Products made from human waste were grown on a farm near Homer

HOMER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – The state is asking people to throw out produce grown on a farm that used untreated human waste as fertilizer.

Produce came from Kuntry Gardens southeast of Homer in Calhoun County, the That’s according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Referred to as Kuntry Gardens, it was sold at the farm on R Drive South off Van Wert Road in Homer Township and in several locations, primarily in southeastern Michigan:

  • Bush’s Fresh Food Market stores 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 Road, Brighton
  • White Lotus, 7217 W Liberty Road, Ann Arbor
  • Argus Farm Stop, 325 W Liberty Street, Ann Arbor
  • Agricole Farm Stop, 118 N Main Street, Chelsea
  • Pure Willows, 1192 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth
  • Ypsi Coop, 312 North River Street, Ypsilanti
  • Greener Pastures Market, 21202 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
  • Christmas Market, 520 S Lilley Road, Canton
  • Cherry Capitol, Traverse City

Individuals who purchased the affected products should contact the store where they were purchased for a refund and disposal instructions.

According to MDARD, a routine inspection found that Kuntry Gardens uses raw, untreated human waste in its fields. It’s against the law in Michigan. It confiscated all produce on the farm and said it was working with the farm to dispose of those produce and implement corrective actions.

The state says it hasn’t received any reports of anyone getting sick, but contamination from human feces can spread hepatitis A, E. coli, rotavirus, norovirus and other bacterial infections. Those who buy the products should watch out for symptoms such as nausea or other digestive problems, fever, headache, weakness or jaundice. If you start seeing symptoms, see a doctor.

Anyone with questions can call MDARD at 800.292.3939 during regular business hours. State: Products made from human waste were grown on a farm near Homer

Dais Johnston

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