A St. Louis, Missouri company, Front Row Produce, has recalled grape tomatoes due to the potential of Salmonella contamination. The recall, announced on December 1st, involves 10 ounce pints and 10 lb. bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus, a Mission, Texas company. Salmonella is an organism that produces symptoms that mimic stomach flu, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and occasional fever. Certain individuals are at risk of developing serious or fatal complications including very young children, those who are elderly or those who have a weakened immune system.
The grape tomatoes involved in this recall were distributed throughout Illinois and Missouri to retail stores and foodservice distributors. Description of the products are as follows:
10 lb. bulk grape tomatoes are packaged in a plain cardboard box labeled with lot #2310801. These grape tomatoes were packaged for wholesale and foodservice distribution.
Products for retail sale are packaged in 10 oz. clear plastic packages. At the current time, the lot number is on the case label, but does not appear on the clear plastic individual packages. The package is marked with a label on top marked “Front Row Produce Grape Tomatoes.” The lot numbers marked on the case labels include 2310802, 2310405 or 2510401.
As of the date of the recall, all further shipments of the 10 oz. plastic packaged grape tomatoes will have a green lot number sticker located on the bottom side of the package. Consumers are advised not to purchase packages without lot numbers or green stickers, as these packages may be under recall. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the tainted grape tomatoes.
The contamination was detected during random testing by Rio Queen Citrus, which revealed that Salmonella bacteria was present in some of the 20 pound bulk containers.
Currently, production of the grape tomatoes has been suspended while Front Row Produce and the FDA continue to investigate in order to determine the source of the Salmonella.
As experienced New York food poisoning attorneys, Brown Chiari realizes the serious implications that consuming tainted foods can have on those who are most at risk. In some circumstances, the organisms can make their way into the bloodstream which can result in endocarditis, arthritis and arterial infections.
If you have become ill after eating contaminated foods, you may be entitled to compensation of costs related to your illness. Contact the New York food poisoning lawyers at Brown Chiari today for a free evaluation of your claim.