Safeway Recalls Kabobs In Tomato Salmonella Scare

In cooperation with Taylor Farms’ expanded recall of products containing grape tomatoes, Safeway is expanding its recall to now include fresh kabobs made with grape tomatoes that were sold in its full-service meat counter in several states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recalled kabobs were made using grape tomatoes supplied by Taylor Farms and sourced from grower Six L’s and involve a potential Salmonella contamination on which we have been reporting. The recalled kabobs were sold between April 26, 2011 and May 3, 2011; have a Sell By Date up to, and including, May 3, 2011; and were sold in Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, and Pak N Save stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, and Southwest Washington State. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall; however, it can take some time for the symptoms of Salmonella to manifest.

The recall effects the following kabobs/UPCs, including additional kabobs made with grape tomatoes:

• Salmon Atlantic Kabob: 23037000000
• Salmon Atlantic Kabob Mesquite: 23037100000
• Scallop Sea Kabob with Vegetables: 23040600000
• Shrimp Kabob With Vegetables: 23040700000
• Tuna Kabobs Fresh: 23040900000
• Halibut Kabob with Vegetables: 23040500000
• Salmon Kabob with Vegetables Fresh: 23363900000
• Salmon Atlantic Kabob Mesquite: 23364000000
• Salmon Atlantic Kabob Marinated: 23364000000
• Salmon Kabob with Vegetables Fresh: 23363900000
• Salmon Kabob with Vegetables Fresh: 23363900000
• Halibut Kabob Fresh with Vegetables: 23180700000
• Tuna Kabobs Fresh: 23513400000
• Shrimp Kabob with Vegetables: 23875100000
• Scallop Sea Kabob with Vegetables: 23700400000
• Salmon Atlantic Kabob Marinated: 23364000000
• Beef Kabobs with Vegetables: 20173200000
• Beef Kabobs with Vegetables: 20725100000
• Beef Kabobs with Vegetables: 20888800000
• Chicken Kabobs with Vegetables: 20746000000
• Chicken Kabob Teriyaki with Vegetables: 20746100000
• Turkey Kabob with Vegetables: 20747500000
• Pork Kabob with Vegetables: 20948200000
• Mild Italian Sausage Kabob with Vegetables: 25014400000
• Beef Kabobs Teriyaki with Vegetables: 20944000000
• Sausage Smoked Kabob with Vegetables: 20948400000
• Gourmet Chicken Kabob with Zucchini and Tomato: 20974700000
• Marinated Chicken Kabob with Zucchini and Tomato: 20974800000
• Gourmet Bratwurst Kabob with Mushrooms and Tomato: 20974900000
• Sausage Kabob Gourmet: 20975800000
• Chicken Kabob Gourmet Zucchini Tomato: 20894300000
• Chicken Kabob Marinated Zucchini Tomato: 20894400000
• Bratwurst Kabob Gourmet Mushroom Tomato: 20894500000
• Sausage Kabob Gourmet: 20895300000
• Pork Kabob With Vegetables: 20347300000
• Sausage Italian Mild with Vegetables: 20430200000
• Chicken Kabob with Vegetables: 20923300000
• Turkey Kabob with Vegetables: 20599000000
• Sausage Smoked Kabob with Vegetables: 20442700000

Safeway can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.SAFEWAY. Taylor Farms can be reached at 1.209.835.6300 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), Monday through Friday. The FDA can be reached at its website at www.FDA.gov.

Contamination with the Salmonella pathogen, which can cause the infection known as salmonellosis, 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.

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