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Grape Tomato Recall Even More Extensive

Five days after a Florida packing company recalled grape tomatoes due to Salmonella risk, another company announced that tomatoes it distributed were caught up in that recall and two major retailers, Safeway and Trader Joe’s, also recalled grape tomatoes and products made with grape tomatoes.

This is in addition to the ready-to-eat salads containing grape tomatoes recalled by Taylor Farms Pacific and sold at Albertsons, Raley’s, Safeway, Savemart, Sam’s Club and Walmart stores.

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Mastronardi Produce of Kingsville, Ontario said some of its products are associated with the recall by Six L’s Packing Company of Immokalee, FL.

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

Mastronardi Produce said it is recalling:

– Aldi “From the Vine,” Grape Tomatoes in 1 pint clamshell packages; UPC 0 33383 65585 7; lot numbers 41141, 41144, 41149;  distributed in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

– Sunset Grape Tomatoes in 1 pint clamshell packages; UPC 0 57836 65585; lot numbers 40665, 40667,40673, 40883, 40955, 40986, 40989, 40990, 40991, 41148, 41154, 41155, 41160; distributed in Florida, Massachusetts Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

– Sunset Grape Tomatoes in 2 lb. clamshell package; UPC 0 57836 65586 7; lot number 40680; distributed in New Jersey.

– Trader Joe’s Splendido Little Tomatoes in 12 oz. clamshell packages; UPC 0080 8606; lot numbers 40675, 40676, 41142; distributed in the retailer’s Eastern Seaboard and Midwest locations.

Consumers can return any of the products noted above, or the UPC code from the package, to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

Consumers can contact Mastronardi Produce, Ltd. by calling 519-990-4054.

Trader Joe’s, in an alert to Eastern Seaboard and Midwest customers, said its Splendido Little Tomatoes were packed on the same line with that tomatoes that may be contaminated with Salmonella.  In a notation, it said the tomatoes went to stores in: “CT, DC, DE, , IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, WA & VA (only Alexandria, Centreville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston & Springfield stores).”

Safeway announced that it is recalling kabobs made using grape tomatoes supplied by Taylor Farms, because the grape tomatoes were sourced from Six L’s. The recalled kabobs were sold between April 26, 2011 and May 3, 2011 and have a Sell By Date up to and including May 3, 2011. The kabobs were sold in Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N Save stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota and Southwest Washington State.

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  • John

    If the kabobs contain raw beef or chicken, is it really necessary to require a recall of them, since they absolutely need to be cooked anyway? Some of these companies are overly paranoid and economically irresponsible, causing unnecessary additional hardship to the recalling company.

  • mrothschild

    Cooking doesn’t account for cross contamination that might occur during preparation.

  • Jodi Servatius

    I ate the Trader Joe’s tomatoes from the lot number affected and I did get sick.

  • Mary Rothschild

    Cooking doesn’t account for cross contamination that might occur during preparation.

  • John

    @Mary: Obviously, but the raw meats themselves require care to avoid cross contamination anyway. So as long as you are not cross contaminating with the meat, you wont be cross contaminating with the tomatoes, since they are both on the same stick.