Texas shipper recalls cherry tomatoes - The Packer

Texas shipper recalls cherry tomatoes

11/22/2012 09:26:00 AM
Chris Koger

Karol brand cherry tomatoesAfter the Food and Drug Administration detected salmonella in a sample of cherry tomatoes, a Texas company has recalled 840 cartons of the Mexican-grown tomatoes.

Rio Queen Citrus Inc., Mission, Texas, issued the recall Nov. 21; no illnesses had been reported in connection with the recall.

The tomatoes, packed in bulk 12/1 dry pints in cartons, were shipped to retail stores in Texas and South Carolina, according to a news release posted on the FDA’s website. The cartons are labeled “Distributed by Interstate Fruit & Vegetable,” a business affiliated with Rio Queen Citrus, according to the release.

Although they were in Karol-brand boxes shipped from Nov. 10-19, retailers may have repackaged them in other containers “depending on the area and retailer,” according to the release.

The original bulk containers have the lot No. 01W45 in the upper right corner of the box.

Rio Queen has stopped shipping the cherry tomatoes while it and the FDA investigate the source of the salmonella.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a similar recall of Mexican cherry tomatoes in Krown-brand clamshells and party trays in Canadian Safeway stores. The agency did not say if the Canadian recall is related to the Rio Queen Citrus recall.

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Julio esparsa    
Nogales, AZ  |  November, 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

You should share the grower name and location. !! this kind of information could ruin a whole industry

USA  |  November, 26, 2012 at 09:03 PM

Doesn't FSMA requires test and hold for salmonella?! How can it be contaminated tomatoes are packed, shipped, re-packed until the consumer gets the contaminated tomatoes? No one cares about food safety!

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