California carrot giant Grimmway Farms is recalling several varieties of baby and shredded carrots after a test showed possible Salmonella contamination. Organic and conventional products are implicated.

“The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test,” said Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby. “The health of our customers and the integrity of our products are our highest priorities, and we will continue to monitor and communicate as additional information is available.”

To date, no illnesses have been linked to this recall, according to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

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A study by German researchers has raised concerns on the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat salad mixes and fresh sprouts.

The three-year research project by the Max Rubner Institute also found the microbiological quality of cucumbers, carrots and mushrooms was good. Mixed lettuce received a good to medium result and herbs were rated as medium.

The focus was on Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus.

Researchers said the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat (RTE) mixed salads was “inadequate” as 7 of 116 samples, or 6 percent, were contaminated with human pathogenic bacteria. This figure was 2.5 percent for lettuce,
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Swedish officials are investigating the source of infection as part of a national outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica.

The Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) reported there had been an increase in the number of cases of Yersinia in the country since the start of March. Since the outbreak strain of Yersinia enterocolitica type O3 had been found in different parts of the country, it is likely a foodborne infection, added the agency.

A total of 26 cases have been confirmed and another 30 infections are being investigated. Onset dates for confirmed cases range between Feb. 10 to April 3. There have been
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A California-based company is recalling approximately 5,600 cases of carrot chips because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. San Joaquin Valley-based Bolthouse Farms issued a voluntary recall of carrot chips produced on two consecutive days because samples of the product tested positive for Salmonella. The samples were collected on October 22 by a North Carolina health official, according to the recall announcement. The company received news of the positive Salmonella test October 31 and issued the recall the following day. The carrot chips, sold under the Bolthouse Farms brand, were sold to retail stores in the United States and Canada
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