Cherry Tomatoes recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

By on December 6, 2012

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department recently announced that Capital City Fruit, Inc. of Norwalk, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling cherry tomatoes shipped by Rio Queen Citrus Inc. on Nov. 10. Capital City Fruit, Inc. received notification from Rio Queen Citrus, Inc. following the discovery of a potentially pathogenic organism salmonella by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in random testing of an incoming load of cherry tomatoes. There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the items listed in this recall.

Capital City Fruit, Inc. is issuing this voluntary recall linked to the Rio Queen Citrus, Inc.’s recall to minimize any risk to public health. The recalled product was sold in retail stores in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Cherry tomatoes associated with the Rio Queen Citrus, Inc. recall received on Nov. 12, 2012, and used in the packaging of certain lots of Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry tomatoes have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. These cherry tomatoes were shipped to retail stores from Nov. 14 through Nov. 18.

Capital City Fruit, Inc. has notified the retailers who have received the recalled product and directed them to remove it from their store shelves. Consumers who purchased affected products should not consume them and should destroy or discard them.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

For more information about food safety, visit kanehealth.com/food_safety.htm.