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Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce announces precautionary recall of organic grape tomatoes due to possible health risk

by Press Release | September 28, 2011

Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce is voluntarily recalling one lot of organic grape tomatoes sold under the “Limited Edition” and “Fresh & Easy” labels due to a possible health risk from Salmonella contamination.

The recall notice is being issued from an abundance of caution because one clamshell of “Limited Edition” organic grape tomatoes tested positive for Salmonella in a random sample collected and tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Michigan.

Salmonella is an organism that 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 permit the organism to get into a person’s bloodstream and produce more-severe illnesses such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce is coordinating closely with regulatory officials to inform consumers of the recall. No illnesses have been reported in association with the firm’s product.

The organic grape tomatoes are sold in 10.5-ounce plastic clamshell containers with UPC code 033383655925 on the front of the package below the barcode. The containers also have the words “Limited Edition” and “Product of Mexico” printed on their labels. The organic grape tomatoes are also sold in seven-ounce plastic clamshell containers with barcode 20025465 marketed under the “Fresh & Easy” brand.

The organic grape tomatoes were distributed to 18 U.S. states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah) and two Canadian Provinces (British Columbia and Ontario).

The voluntary recall only involves “Limited Edition” and “Fresh & Easy” organic grape tomatoes and does not involve any other “Limited Edition” or “Fresh & Easy” produce items. Consumers who have any remaining product with UPC code 033383655925 or barcode 20025465 should not consume it and should instead discard it.

As an added safety measure, retailers are encouraged to check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that product is no longer available for purchase. Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce customer service representatives are contacting retailers to confirm that the recalled product has been removed from commerce.

“At Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce, our highest priority is the safety and welfare of the consumer,” Fred Williamson, president and chief executive officer of the company, said in a Sept. 28 press release. “We are committed to the highest standards of food safety and will continue to rigorously pursue the highest food-safety levels possible.”