Tomato Recall! Should You Skip the Salad Today?

Kim Conte

grape tomatoesThis news will have you think twice about ordering a salad for lunch today: A Florida tomato grower is recalling its grape tomatoes because they might be contaminated with salmonella. Here's everything you need to know to determine whether you might be affected by this recall.

According to the grower, Six L's, 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 recall also applies to 29 brand-packaged salads made by California-based food supplier Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. and sold in plastic trays at Albertson's, Raley's, Sam's Club, Savemart, Signature Cafe, and Wal-Mart with expiration dates ranging from April 27 to May 9. Affected states include Arizona, Oregon, California, Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

The grape tomatoes and salads were recalled after salmonella contamination was detected through a random sample obtained by the USDA at a distributor in New York. No illnesses have been reported so far. To be safe, however, customers are asked to return the recalled products to the place of purchase for a refund.

And, if you're experiencing a bit of deja vu with respect to this tomato recall, you wouldn't be that far off the mark. In fact, there have been several -- at least 13! -- salmonella outbreaks from tomatoes since 1990. The most recent large-scale outbreak was in the spring of 2008 when supermarkets, fast food chains, and restaurants threw out tomatoes suspected to be contaminated -- it's all coming back now, isn't it? Suddenly growing your own doesn't seem like such a crazy idea.


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