Thursday, September 29, 2011


If you remember, there was a recall of grape tomatoes in May of this year (I have several posts on this earlier outbreak). The reason was Salmonella-bacteria contamination. Now there's another one, though it's a different producer. And, the tomatoes are organic. As I keep saying - organic produce is no safer from bacteria than conventionally grown produce.

San Diego-based Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce, a grower and shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables, is recalling one lot of organic grape tomatoes. The tomatoes were sold under the Limited Edition® and Fresh & Easy labels and packaged in clam-shell containers. Unlike the grape tomatoes recalled in May, which were grown in Florida, these ones originated in Mexico. That nasty Salmonella family of bacteria knows no borders.

Just because we are talking about "one lot" does not mean that we are talking about a few tomatoes. Actually, these potentially Salmonella-contaminated tomatoes were distributed 18 U.S. states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah) and two Canadian Provinces (British Columbia, Ontario).

I guess a lot of us will be going back to cherry tomatoes again for a while.

To your good health.


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