(For an update Sept. 30 on this organic grape tomato recall, see Andrew & Williamson expands grape tomato recall).
(UPDATED COVERAGE, 10:20 a.m.) Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce issued a recall for organic grape tomatoes from Mexico sold under Fresh & Easy and Limited Edition brands, because of a positive test for salmonella.
Andrew & Williamson, San Diego, issued the voluntary recall Sept. 28 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture received a positive salmonella result from a random sample from one clamshell taken in at a distributor Michigan.
No illnesses have been reported, according to the FDA recall notice.
Operations have been shut down at the farm in San Quintin, Mexico, where the organic grape tomatoes were grown, said Mark Munger, vice president of marketing for Andrew & Williamson. He said the recalled tomatoes were harvested Sept. 1-27.
“We’re at the tail end of the season at that location, so we will probably not start back up there because we have other farms heading into harvest in the Central Baja region,” Munger said.
Andrew & Williamson supplies Tesco’s U.S. Fresh & Easy stores with private label tomatoes, and the recalled organic grape tomatoes were distributed to Fresh & Easy stores. Munger said only the organic grape tomatoes are being recalled. Other tomatoes in Fresh & Easy stores are not involved.
The recalled product is sold in 10.5-ounce plastic clamshell containers with the UPC code 033383655925 on the front of the package, below the barcode. The containers also have the words “LIMITED EDITION” and “Product of Mexico” on the label.
The Fresh & Easy branded organic grape tomatoes subject to the recall are also sold in 7-ounce plastic clamshells and have the barcode 20025465.
A total of 23,000 cases, each with a dozen 10.5-ounce clamshells, are being recalled.
The recalled organic grape tomatoes were distributed to 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 and Ontario.
The random sample was collected Sept. 19, but Andrew & Williamson officials didn’t hear about it until mid-day Sept. 27, Munger said.
This marks the first time Andrew & Williamson has issued a recall, Munger said. He said the Michigan office of the FDA conducted the test at a distributor who had purchased the grape tomatoes from a firm that had bought them from Andrew & Williamson.
“The Michigan office notified the California Department of Health and they contacted us,” Munger said, adding that the FDA had not provided any details about what the nest step of their investigation might be.
“I think they are pretty confident that we are taking care of the situation because of our quick response. There is only the one farm that grows the organic grape tomatoes for us,” Munger said.