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Grape Tomato Recall Continues in U.S., Canada

In what has been a slowly expanding recall, Del Monte Fresh Produce on Monday became the latest company to announce that some of its grape tomatoes may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Coral Gables-based corporation advised in a recall notice that the suspect tomatoes — grown in Florida by Six L’s Packing Co.  —  may have been used in 63 cases of vegetable trays and “Veg. Trio” sold under the Roche Bros. brand in Roche Bros. supermarkets in Massachusetts.

The recall alert posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website follows the original, April 29 notice from Six L’s Packing Co. that a single lot of its “Cherry Berry” grape tomatoes was being pulled from commerce.

Since then, there’s been an almost daily recall announcement involving more products that contain grape tomatoes.  There’s been no word from the FDA, however, on why it is taking so long to notify consumers of all the brands and products that may involve potentially contaminated grape tomatoes.

There have been no illnesses reported in connection with the recall.

In its initial notice, Six L’s Packing said routine testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at a distributor’s site in New York had detected Salmonella, It also said the suspect tomatoes were grown at a farm in Estero, FL. that had ceased production.

A few days later, Taylor Farms Pacific said some of its ready-made salads made with grape tomatoes, sold in the delis at some Albertson’s, Raley’s, Safeway, Savemart, Sam’s Club, and Wal-Mart stores, were being recalled. That announcement was expanded on May 4 to include kabobs made using these same grape tomatoes sold at some Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N Save grocery stores.

Then Mastronardi Produce of Kingsville, Ontario recalled grape tomato products sold under the brand names Aldi “From the Vine” Grape Tomatoes, Sunset Grape Tomatoes, and Trader Joe’s Splendido Little Tomatoes. Trader Joe’s said the tomatoes had been processed on the same line as the tomatoes involved in the initial recall.

Late last week, there was yet another grape tomato recall — this time from distributor Northeast Produce Inc. who sold “Fancy Sweet” Grape Tomatoes, “Cutie Brand” Grape Tomatoes, and “Cherry Berries” Grape Tomatoes in CT, MA, MD, NY, and RI. They were sold in various sizes, all from lot 202GB.

On May 7, Mann Packing of Salinas, CA, said it was recalling veggie party platters and snacks sold nationwide. 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall Saturday of products that contact grape tomatoes from Six L’s Packing Company. The products include prepackaged vegetable platters and snack packs with the brand names Mann’s Sunny Shores, The Produce Stand and Eating Right.

On Monday, it was Del Monte Fresh with a recall notice, saying it was exercising “an abundance of caution” in calling back 63 cases of Roche Brothers-labeled 3 lb. oval transparent Vegetable Tray containing – in addition to grape tomatoes – a. 8 oz. Naturally Fresh ranch dip, baby carrots, celery and broccoli with UPC code 717524888013 with “best-by” dates of April 23, 26, 26, 27, 28 and 30 and May 1 and 3. 

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  • bill kaye

    Thats what you get with one up and one down traceability, this has been going on for weeks, its one of Florida’s worst tomato recalls over many years. Another thing,Harvest buckets and containers are never washed and sanitized daily as almost all harvest crews pick your tomato’s in dirty pails or dirty harvest totes. If FDA really looked at sanitition in the field and or the packing line, they would be appalled.