If you recently purchased a product that has raw grape tomatoes, you may want to check the packaging as your produce may be affected by a nationwide grape tomato recall.
A possible salmonella contamination has spurred Six L's Packing Company, a Florida tomato grower, to voluntarily issue a recall this past Monday.
The grape tomatoes in question were processed and grown in Florida by Six L's, reports AP. The grape tomato recall affects grapes that were packaged on April 11, 2011. Both trays of raw grape tomatoes as well as pre-packaged deli salads from California-based Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., are affected by the recall. The recalled product was packed under the Cherry Berry lot code DW-H in clam shells or 20-pound cardboard containers.
The recall includes grape tomatoes distributed to California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, and also includes grape tomatoes sold in Canada. The recall specifically impacts Arizona, Oregon, California, Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
Retailers in the West and Midwest, including Albertsons, Raley's, Safeway, Savemart, Sam's Club and Walmart, distributed potentially contaminated deli salads.
Six L's, based in Immokalee, Florida, started the recall after a sample of grape tomatoes tested positive for salmonella, according to AP reports. The contamination was found by a USDA inspector at a New York distributor, though the sample originated from Florida.
You should take possible salmonella contamination seriously, as salmonella infections can be deadly towards people who have weaker immune systems, including children and the elderly. Symptoms of salmonella contamination include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
While there have been no reported illnesses as of April 29, consumers are being asked by the company to return the recalled products to the store of purchase for a refund. You can find out if the grape tomato recall affects you, as a list of product names and UPC codes for impacted deli salad products and information about the lot code of affected packaged grape tomatoes can be found on the FDA website.