The following warning was issued to the media by Six L's Packing Company, Florida, USA on April 29, 2011
Six L's of Immokalee, Fla. is voluntarily recalling a single lot of grape tomatoes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The strain of Salmonella has not been determined and no illnesses have been reported.
The specific lot was packed on April 11 and was comprised of grape tomatoes that can be identified by Cherry Berry lot code DW-H in either in clamshells or 20 lbs. 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 USDA at a distributor in New York. The product is from a farm in Estero, Fla., which has since ceased production of that commodity.
The recall does not include any other tomatoes or produce distributed by Six L's. Consumers who have purchased the specific lot of grape tomatoes mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Six L's at 877-606-1821, ext. 3955, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
SOURCE Six L's
These Grape Tomatoes were distributed in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and the Canadian importers to have the affected product removed from the marketplace.
Consumers who believe they have purchased these tomatoes are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected tomatoes.
For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342/ TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8) (8: Monday to Friday).