Orange County Produce LLC recalled more than 30,000 pounds of fresh red and green bell peppers because of potential salmonella contamination. The company had more than half of the peppers back in its possession within less than two days.
Ana Flor, food safety director for the Irvine, Calif.-based produce shipper, said Oct. 7 that company officials heard about the possible contamination Oct. 5 when Food and Drug Administration officials notified them. Orange County Produce immediately began contacting its customers, who buy in bulk, Flor said.
“We’ve actually got back about 700 boxes (25 pounds each), from our customers,” she said.
The company recalled about 1,200 boxes for a total of about 30,200 pounds of bell peppers.
The recalled red and green bell peppers do not have any retail packaging or other identifying marks, Flor said, because Orange County Produce ships to wholesalers and distributors only. The three recalled lots are SB 7 920, 923 and 924, according to a notice on the FDA website.
“We have talked to everyone who received those lots,” Flor said. “It’s nice to see that our traceability and notification procedures are working. This is our first recall so we’ve never had to put them to the test.”
A random sample collected Sept. 25 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from one of the produce company’s Los Angeles customers returned a positive result for salmonella. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the bell peppers.