Carrot Recall: California Company Announces Possible Salmonella Contamination in Baby and Shredded Carrots
Grimmway Farms, a California-based carrot grower and producer, has issued a recall of several varieties of retail-packed baby carrots and shredded carrots. They may be contaminated with Salmonella.
According to Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby in a statement released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the possible contamination was found during a routine test conducted by the company. To date, no illnesses have been linked to the recalled carrots.
The recall affects both organic and conventionally-grown shredded carrots and baby carrots. These carrots are sold under the brand names Bunny Luv, Cal-Organic, Grimmway Farms, and O Organics.
Because of the long shelf-life — the best-if-used-by dates extended through August 20 — consumers may still have these products in their refrigerators. If so, they are encouraged to destroy or discard the carrots. Do not consume them.
Recalled products include:
- Bunny Luv — 1-pound bag of Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots
- Bunny Luv — 3-pound bag of Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots
- Cal-Organic — 12-ounce bag of Organic Petite Carrots
- Grimmway Farms — 10-ounce bag of Shredded Carrots
- O Organics — 1-pound bag of Organic Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots
- O Organics — 12-ounce bag of Organic Baby Rainbow Carrots
For UPC codes and more details on the recalled items, see the company's recall notice shared by the FDA.
In addition to the retail-packed carrot products, Grimmway Farms is also recalling certain shredded carrots and chopped chunk carrots that were manufactured and sold to food service distributors. Grimmway Farms is working directly with these companies to remove the products before they reach food service.
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Foods contaminated by Salmonella do not have any unique look, smell, or taste. It is impossible to know if a food is contaminated by looking at it or eating it.
However, people who eat contaminated food can develop a Salmonella infection. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, and fever. Most symptoms will appear within 12 to 72 hours after eating the infected food.
Infants, children, senior, and people with compromised immune systems may develop serious illness. In some cases, an infection will require hospitalization.
This story originally appeared on allrecipes.com