A&W, Thorntons recalls linked - The Packer

A&W, Thorntons recalls linked

10/20/2011 05:32:00 PM
Mike Hornick

A minor recall of salads by retailer Thorntons Inc. last month was part of the larger recall of organic grape tomatoes by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.

Lexington, Ky.-based Thorntons voluntarily recalled fewer than 200 Quick Café 6-ounce garden salads and 5.6-ounce chef salads from stores Sept. 30.

Andrew & Williamson, San Diego, issued its voluntary recall Sept. 28 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture received a positive salmonella result from a random sample in one clamshell at a distributor in Michigan. There were 23,000 cases recalled. No illnesses were reported.

The affected Quick Café salads, manufactured and distributed by Greencore USA, contained the organic grape tomatoes, though the salads were not marketed as organic products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and media outlets, including The Packer, reported that Greencore USA obtained the grape tomatoes from Pearson Foods. Last week, Greencore USA and Pearson Foods confirmed that the supply chain reached back to the Andrew & Williamson product grown in San Quintin, Mexico. From Andrew & Williamson, the product passed through another distributor before reaching Pearson Foods.

Pearson Foods received 36 cases of affected product, said Sandra Pearson, company president. Greencore USA received 10 pounds of the tomatoes. A complete list of recipients is not available.



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