Salmonella Prompts Two Firms to Recall Grape Tomatoes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced two separate recalls for grape tomatoes over concerns that the produce is tainted with the dangerous, even sometimes deadly, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen.

Contamination with the Salmonella pathogen can lead to serious consequences as a result of the Salmonella infection, known as salmonellosis. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems 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.

As we’ve mentioned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), note that people infected with Salmonella bacteria usually experience symptoms beginning 12 to 72 hours after becoming contaminated by the pathogen. Salmonellosis symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea and usually last 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without antibiotic treatment; however, the diarrhea can be very severe, and hospitalization may be required.

Six L’s of Immokalee, Florida
Six L’s is recalling a single lot of grape tomatoes. The strain of Salmonella potentially involved has not been determined and no illnesses have been reported, to date; however, it should be noted that Salmonella poisoning symptoms can take time to manifest.

The specific lot was packed on April 11 and consisted of grape tomatoes that can be identified by Cherry Berry lot code DW-H in either clam shell packaging or 20-pound cardboard containers. The product was distributed to North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Georgia, and Canada, and reached consumers through retail stores and restaurant distribution.

The contamination was detected through a random sample obtained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at a distributor in New York. The product originated from a farm in Estero, Florida, which has since ceased production of that product. The recall does not include any other tomatoes or produce distributed by Six L’s. Customers in possession of this recalled lot of grape tomatoes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Six L’s can be reached at 1.877.606.1821, ext. 3955, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc, of Tracy, California

Taylor Farms was been notified by grower Six L’s that a specific lot of grape tomatoes supplied to Taylor Farms Pacific may be contaminated with Salmonella. This is the same product that was recalled by Six L’s. The lot of grape tomatoes was used in a wide number of products made by Taylor Farms Pacific for Albertsons, Raley’s, Safeway, Savemart, Sam’s Club, and Walmart. A complete list is available on the FDA website at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253580.htm.

These products should not be eaten and should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Taylor Farms Pacific can be reached at 209.835.6300 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

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