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« on: December 02, 2011, 08:42:35 PM »


http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-food/safety/story/2011-12-02/Grape-tomatoes-recalled-over-salmonella-concern/51595422/1
Grape tomatoes recalled over salmonella concern
December 2, 2011

St. Louis-based produce company Front Row Produce is recalling some grape tomatoes that could potentially be contaminated with salmonella.
Front Row Produce says it is recalling 10-ounce pint and 10-pound bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus of Mission, Texas. The recalled produce was distributed to foodservice distributors and retail stores in Missouri and Illinois.

No illnesses have been reported. Front Row Produce says contamination was discovered after random testing by Rio Queen Citrus.

Starting Thursday, shipments of the 10-ounce packages sold in retail stores will include a green lot number sticker on the bottom side of each package with a seven-digit number. Packages that do not contain the green sticker should be considered suspect and under recall.

Consumers with questions can call Front Row Produce at 314-241-4700.

Production of the grape tomatoes by Rio Queen Citrus has been suspended while the Food and Drug Administration and the company investigate the source of the problem.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 08:44:09 PM »

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm281847.htm
Front Row Produce Recalls Grape Tomatoes Because Of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Consumer:
(314) 241-4700

Media:
Kyle Mitchell
(314) 241-4700
kmitchell@frontrowproduce.com
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 30, 2011 - Front Row Produce of St. Louis MO is recalling its 10oz pint and 10lb bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus, Mission TX, 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. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled 10oz pint and 10lb bulk grape tomatoes were distributed throughout Missouri and Illinois to foodservice distributors and retail stores.

The product for retail sale is packaged in a 10-ounce, clear plastic package marked with a Front Row Produce “Grape Tomatoes” label on the top of the package.  Currently, the lot number does not appear on the clear plastic package but it does appear on the case label.  The lot numbers on the cases containing the 10-oz. packages are 2310802, 2310405, or 2510401.   The 10lb bulk grape tomatoes are packaged for wholesale in a plain brown cardboard box labeled only with lot # 2310801.

As of 12/1/2011, all shipments of Front Row Produce Grape Tomatoes packaged in clear 10-oz. plastic packages sold in retail stores will now have a green lot number sticker placed on the bottom side of each package.  The lot number will consist of a 7-digit number used to aid in identifying specific shipments of product.  Any packages that do not contain this green sticker should be considered suspect and under recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The contamination was noted after random testing by Rio Queen Citrus, Mission TX, revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 20lb bulk containers.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of Front Row Produce “Grape Tomatoes” or other customers who have purchased the 10-lb. bulk cases of grape tomatoes are urged to discard the product. Consumers with questions may contact Front Row Produce at (314) 241-4700, Monday- Friday from 7am-4pm, Saturday- Sunday from 7am-12pm.

 
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