Big Red Tomato Packers Recalls Tomatoes due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
The company Big Red Tomato Packers, LLC is voluntarily going forth with a recall of about 790 boxes of fresh tomatoes ranging in sizes of 20-25lbs.
These tomatoes may potentially be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella can cause serious infections especially in young children and frail elderly people.
About the Big Red Tomato Recall
According to the FDA recall release, the potential for contamination was discovered as the result of a routine random lot sample taken in late January.
Big Red is currently reviewing all of their policies and procedures associated with food safety to ensure the minimization of any future occurrences.
The affected tomatoes were distributed from a limited number of unnamed receivers in Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. All of the receivers have been notified.
Any product remaining in the market channels should be disposed of immediately.
About Salmonella Poisoning
- Approximately 42,000 cases are reported annually in the United States.
- Young children and the elderly are most likely to contract Salmonella. Especially those with weak immune systems.
- Approximately 400 people die each year with acute Salmonella.
- Most people infected with Salmonella may experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts 4-7 days.
- There are many different types of Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common.
- Salmonella is more prevalent in the summer than the winter time.