Six L’s grape tomato recall expands

05/10/2011 05:05:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The recall of grape tomatoes feared to have salmonella sold by Six L’s Packing Co. has been expanded to three other distributors.

In early May, the Immokalee, Fla.-based Lipman Family Cos., which grows and packs tomatoes and vegetables through Six L’s and Custom Pak, recalled a single lot of grape tomatoes after a random U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection at a New York distributor tested positive for salmonella.

Those tomatoes, marketed under Lipman’s Cherry Berry label, were distributed to distributors and stores throughout the U.S., including Raley’s, Albertsons, Safeway, Save Mart, Sam's Club and Wal Mart.

On May 5, Northeast Produce Inc., Plainville, Conn., issued a news release stating it was recalling 1-pint and 2-pound clamshells and 8-, 10- and 20-pound loose bulk containers of “Cutie” and “Fancy Sweet” brand grape tomatoes.

Mann Packing Co. Inc., Salinas, Calif., on May 7 expanded its recall of vegetable platters and convenience snack products containing the grape tomatoes to include Safeway’s 3-pound-6-ounce Eating Right Veggie Party platters as well as other Mann 1-pound- 2-ounce Veggies on the Go, 2-pound-8-ounce vegetable platters and 8.75-ounce Snacks on the Go.

On May 9, Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., alerted consumers it was recalling 63 cases of 3-ounce, 8-ounce, 16-ounce and 3-pound vegetable trays containing the grape tomatoes sold by Roche Bros. Supermarkets Inc., Wellesley, Mass., under the Roche Bros. brand.

Lipman officials said product from the lot, grown at an Estero, Fla., farm that has since ceased production, was distributed to throughout the South, East Coast, Northeast and Canada, according to an earlier news release.

No illnesses have been reported.



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