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article imageSalmonella contaminated tomatoes recalled

By Tim Sandle     Jun 12, 2013 in Food
The company Alderman Farms Sales Corp. is recalling its one-pint containers of cherry tomatoes because they are probably contaminated with Salmonella.
The product in question is labelled as ‘Certified Organic Cherry Tomatoes’. The potential contamination with the food pathogen Salmonella was detected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of a routine screening exercise. Alderman Farms conducted an independent test on the above mentioned lot and it was found to be negative of Salmonella.
The identified bacterium, a strain of Salmonella, can potentially cause illnesses such as typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and other food borne illness. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.
As a result of the FDA concerns, the company - Alderman Farms' Packing facility located in Boynton Beach, Fla. – has recalled all of the suspected tomatoes. The company itself purchased the tomatoes from approved farms.
The cherry tomatoes are packaged in square-shaped clear plastic clamshell containers labeled as Alderman Farms Organic Cherry Tomato, UPC number 6317195594, with a net weight of one pint and an estimated shelf life of 10 days. The carton lot number affected by the recall is 13269.
The news about suspected contaminated tomatoes comes in the same month that 81 people in the U.S. were infected with Salmonella linked to the consumption of imported cucumbers. The infections went on to spread across 18 states.
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