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Health Hazard Alert - Six L's Voluntarily Recalls Grape Tomatoes Because of Possible Health Risk

Recall / advisory date:
May 1, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Provincial Fruit Co. Ltd.
Distribution:
Ontario
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
6366

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 1, 2011 - The following warning was issued to the media by Six L’s Packing Company, Florida, USA on April 29, 2011

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IMMOKALEE, Fla., 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 clam shells 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

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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.

More information

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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