Salmonella Contamination Prompts Tomato Recall

A Florida tomato grower is voluntarily recalling its grape tomatoes after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

Six L's Packing Company Inc. said in a statement Monday that no illnesses had been reported in connection to the recall as of April 29.

The Immokalee, Florida-based company says the recalled product was packed on April 11 under the Cherry Berry lot code DW-H in clam shells or 20-pound cardboard containers.

The tomatoes were distributed to California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia, as well as Canada.

The tomatoes also were used in deli salads made by Tracy-based Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. The salads were sold in Albertsons, Raley's, Safeway, Savemart, Sam's Club and Walmart stores across the West and some Midwestern states.

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  • by silly people on May 3, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    alot of times the salmonella comes from runoff from a nearby animal farm(prob chicken). its not from people pooping in the field (so funny!) with all the storms and rain, it seems very likely for an outbreak to happen. blame your animal farmers. and wash your veggies!!!
  • by B Location: Gville on May 3, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Wash your veggies! If you buy organic, rember that organic fertilizer is a lot of times animal poop!
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      by eh on May 3, 2011 at 05:21 PM in reply to B
      organic fertilizer is often nitrogen rich post-waste. and the tomatoes in question are not organic. its tomato season, grow your own!!! they taste a zillion times better than anything you could pay too much for in a store!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on May 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    Well I'm just gonna say it. If they'd hire workers that knew better than to poop in the field where the food is growing, this problem would be greatly diminished.
  • by Really? Location: DC on May 3, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    And people said that increasing inspections on food was a bad idea. I am not saying that companies that grow and process these foods are out to get us, but in the interest of increasing profitability, the chance of skipping steps to assure safety can easily be forgotten or missed all together. Inspections would just assure that these measures were preformed (whats wrong with this?). I would rather pay slightly more for food that I know is inspected than eat tainted food and spend hours over a toilet seat, or worse in the hospital.
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      by silly people on May 3, 2011 at 04:26 PM in reply to Really?
      those people are probably your laissez faire republicans who want to preserve the rights of companies over your right not to die by eating their food.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on May 3, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Unless they CUT the tomatoes open and tested the insides, simple washing in a colander would help that. Most produce has salmonella on the outsides; especially canteloupes. I wash EVERYTHING; even peeled onions.

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