Big Red Tomato Packers recall 800 boxes of fresh tomatoes

Feb. 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

FORT PIERCE, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Big Red Tomato Packers in Fort Pierce, Fla., recalled 790 20- to 25-pound boxes of fresh tomatoes due to potential salmonella contamination.

Tomatoes in lot 1106 were distributed to a limited number of customers in Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. All of those who received shipments have been notified.

The potential for contamination was discovered as the result of a routine random lot sample taken on Jan. 28. The voluntary recall was taken as a precaution and there had been no known illnesses associated with tomatoes in the suspect lot.

Big Red said it is reviewing its policies and procedures associated with food safety to minimize any future occurrence.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious infections in young children, the frail, elderly and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

Any product remaining should be disposed of immediately, company officials said. Anyone wanted more information can call Erin Cox at 1-772-466-0700.

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