In response to the growing number of Salmonella tomato recalls linked to grower Six Lâ€™s tomatoes that are potentially contaminated with the dangerous <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen, another producer is issuing a recall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.
Northeast Produce Inc. of Plainville, Connecticut has been notified by Six Lâ€™s that a specific lot of grape tomatoes supplied to Northeast Produce Inc. may be contaminated with Salmonella. Northeast Produce Inc. is a customer of Six Lâ€™s and its recall is linked to Six Lâ€™s recall.
To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall; however, it should be noted that Salmonella poisoning can take some time to manifest.
This lot of recalled grape tomatoes was packed for retail stores and in bulk units and does not include any other tomato products packed by Northeast Produce Inc.:
â€¢ â€œFancy Sweetâ€ Grape Tomatoes: 1-pint plastic clamshell package, UPC 0 33383 65585 7, lot number 202 GB.
â€¢ â€œCutie Brandâ€ Grape Tomatoes: 1-pint plastic clamshell package, UPC 0 33383 65585 7, lot number 202 GB.
â€¢ â€œCutie Brandâ€ Grape Tomatoes: 2-pound plastic clamshell package, UPC 7 16310 96190 9, lot number 202 GB.
â€¢ â€œCutie Brandâ€ Grape Tomatoes: 8-pound loose bulk package, lot number 202 GB.
â€¢ â€œCutie Brandâ€ Grape Tomatoes: 10-pound loose bulk package, lot number 202 GB.
â€¢ â€œCherry Berriesâ€ Grape Tomatoes: 20-pound loose bulk package, lot number 202 GB.
The recalled tomatoes involved in this recall were sent to distributors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, and Rhode Island. Customers may return the potentially contaminated tomatoes to the place of purchase for a full refund. Northeast Produce Inc. has notified the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of this voluntary recall. Northeast Produce Inc. can be reached at 1.860.793.2700 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday; its website at www.northeastproduce.com; or at the FDA website at www.fda.gov.
Other recalls related to the potentially tainted tomatoes include an expanded Taylor Farmsâ€™ recall of products containing grape tomatoes that prompted Safeway to expand its recall to include fresh kabobs made with grape tomatoes sold in its full-service meat counter in several states. Just prior, Taylor Farms recalledâ€”in a Class I Recallâ€”about 22,000 pounds of ready-to-eat fresh salad products. Also, Mastronardi Produce recalled grape tomatoes. The recalls were prompted by a recall initiated on April 29, 2011 by Six Lâ€™s Packing Company of Immokalee, Florida.
Contamination with the Salmonella pathogen can cause salmonellosis, which can lead to serious consequences, most especially in the elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems, who may experience a more serious illness and symptoms. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that people suffering from salmonellosis usually experience symptoms beginning 12 to 72 hours after becoming contaminated. Symptoms may include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea and usually last 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without antibiotic treatment; however, diarrhea can be very severe, and hospitalization may be required.