Andrew & Williamson recalls organic grape tomatoes - The Packer

Andrew & Williamson recalls organic grape tomatoes

09/29/2011 09:22:00 AM
Chris Koger

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.

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John R Gargiulo    
Atlanta  |  September, 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

When will US shippers and customers learn that you can not get safe food from Mexico because the culture does not lend itself to food safety. You can get all the certificates of food inspection you want but if the farming culture of the organization does not support total food safety then it will not work. Buyers and our government fail to understand that food safety is an integral part of an organization and starts at the top

Bob Allisat    
Toronto, Ontario  |  September, 29, 2011 at 11:42 AM

And the top still insists that organic produce is inefficient and will not be abvle to sustain our world full of people. When the truth is the opposite. That franken-produce and chemo agriculture - regardless of where they are grown - threaten us all to the core. The Organic movement. whether in Mexico, The United States, Canada or where-ever *is* the culture of total food safety and health.

Larry Jacobs    
California  |  September, 29, 2011 at 01:49 PM

While the A&W recall is troublesome, we're in the middle of the deadliest outbreak this decade from Listeria contaminated cantelopes grown in Colorado. Thirteen people have died and seventy two have been sick. The A&W recall resulted from a random FDA sampling at the border that found Salmonella. Nobody died. Nobody got sick. What is more troubling is nobody really knows the source

David Baum    
Santa Cruz  |  September, 30, 2011 at 01:23 PM

Andrew & Williamson should be applauded for there quick decisive actions in this matter! They are setting the example of large well organizations operating in Mexico. I also think Mr. Jacobs statements are well said.

Fernando de Saracho    
Nogales Az  |  September, 29, 2011 at 04:20 PM

Mr. Gargiulo where have you been hiding? The united states has been eating food imported from Mexico for more than 100 years, that is a little bit longer than you and I have been on this earth. I would like to extend an invitation to one of our facilities in Mexico and do a comparisson test with one of yours and let the results speak for themselves. Foodsafety, yield, technology and flavor wise. There is sufficient documentation that proofs that 95% of food ilness outbreaks have their origin in USA farms & facilities alike. Please step out and smell the roses once in a while.

Brunhilde Merker, CEO    
USA, FL  |  September, 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM

It’s always interesting to read the comments by every event; blaming each other for not doing the correct and required things. As ScoringAg is the only database with a case and item-level traceback code where a sport in the field can be found in minutes, the problem evaluated and eliminated, where all GAP’s BMP’s HACCP and EPA records can be kept, we know who is taking food safety and consumer protection by having traceback and traceup in seconds serious and who is just talking about it. ScoringAg is the only provider of Harvest Container Sanitizer required to use according to the Tomato laws and FDA/USDA GAP's to sanitize harvesting containers such as buckets, pails, totes, bins and RPC's. Looking at our customer list, I don’t see any reason for domestic growers to blame foreign growers!

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