Capital City recalls Rio Queen tomatoes

11/27/2012 10:20:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Iowa produce wholesaler Capital City Fruit Inc. is recalling cherry tomatoes over fears of salmonella contamination.

Norwalk, Iowa-based Capital City issued the voluntary recall Nov. 21, according to a company news release posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

The affected tomatoes were shipped by Mission, Texas-based Rio Queen Citrus Inc. on Nov. 10. Salmonella was discovered in a random FDA test of incoming Rio Queen cherry tomatoes.

The recall covers 1-pint clamshells of cherry tomatoes packed under the Capital brand and shipped to retailers in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18.

As of Nov. 26, there were no reports of illness related to the affected tomatoes.

On Nov. 21, Rio Queen issued its own recall of 840 cartons of Mexican-grown cherry tomatoes shipped to retailers in Texas and South Carolina.

The recalls come almost exactly one year after a St. Louis-based distributor recalled grape tomato packs shipped by Rio Queen over fears of salmonella contamination.

On Nov. 30, 2011, Front Row Produce announced its recall of 10-ounce packs and 10-pound bulk containers of grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen. The recalled product was distributed to foodservice distributors and retailers in Missouri and Illinois.



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