Salmonella recalls hit several items in June - The Packer

Salmonella recalls hit several items in June

06/29/2009 11:42:00 AM
Ashley Bentley

The following is a list of June salmonella recalls of sprouts, salad and pistachios:

  • After a sample from a supermarket in California came up positive for salmonella, the California Department of Public Health warned consumers not to eat certain packages of Kowalke Organics alfalfa sprouts from Kowalke Family Sprouts, Culver City, Calif.

The sprouts with sell-by dates from June 18 to June 30 were voluntarily recalled by Mike's Produce Inc., which operates as Kowalke Family Sprouts.

Mike Matthew, owner, said the package that tested positive was purchased as part of a secret shopping investigation by state agents, but that other testing of that batch came up negative, according to The Associated Press. The contaminated package had a sell-by date of June 21.

Most of the sprouts were distributed to Whole Foods Markets Inc., Austin, Texas, and Encino, Calif.-based Gelson's Supermarkets in Southern California.

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported some Kildara Farms Organic Gourmet Salad Greens are possibly contaminated with salmonella, and the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers against pistachios from a California distributor June 22.

Sidney, British Columbia-based Kildara Farms voluntarily recalled its greens sold in 113-gram plastic containers with the best before date of June 25 because of possible salmonella contamination.

The product was distributed in British Columbia, but there have not been any illnesses reported as of June 23.

  • An FDA audit following the recall of pistachios by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., Terra Bella, Calif., found recalled product had been repacked and distributed by Orca Distribution West Inc., Anaheim, Calif., so the FDA warned consumers not to eat two brands of pistachios distributed by Orca: California Prime Produce and Orange County Orchards. Orca had not yet made a public announcement regarding the products, according to an FDA release.

The pistachios are packaged in 6-ounce flexible plastic zipper bags with sell by dates of July 30 and August 30, and were distributed to retail locations in airports and hotels across the U.S., according to the release. As of June 22, the FDA's list of recalled products due to association with the Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. recall was up to 660.

A list of all recalled products, as well as product not recalled, is available at www.fda.gov.



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