6 Types of Baby Carrots Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

 

Recall information

Bunny-Luv, Cal-Organic, and other brands could pose a risk.

Grimmway Farms announced a recall of baby, petite, and shredded carrots because they may be tainted with salmonella. The problem was found during a “routine internal company test,” Jeff Huckaby, president and CEO of Grimmway Farms said in a statement. No illnesses have been reported.

The products were bagged and sold nationwide under the Bunny-Luv, Cal-Organic, Grimmway Farms, and O Organics brands.

According to Dana Brennan, vice president of government & public affairs at Grimmway Farms, just one sample of the carrots tested positive for salmonella. “It only takes one positive for us to trigger our response protocols,” she said.Salmonella contamination of varied brand baby carrots

According to Brennan, the problem was discovered early enough to prevent much of the potentially contaminated carrots from reaching consumers. But it is still possible that some did.

The six products sold at retailers are:

  • Bunny Luv organic cut and peeled baby carrots
  • Bunny Luv organic premium petite carrots
  • Cal-Organic organic petite carrots
  • Grimmway Farms shredded carrots
  • O Organics organic peeled baby-cut carrots
  • O Organics organic baby rainbow carrots

All of the affected products can be identified by their 9-digit lot code. All of the products that have been recalled have a lot code beginning with 195 through 197 and ending with ‘BF’ or ‘SP.’ Grimmway Farms says anyone who has any of these products should throw it out. The company has also asked any retail locations that may have sold these products to notify their shoppers.

So far, no one has reported getting sick from any of these products. According to the FDA, symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Salmonella can also cause serious illness in young children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. The packages also carry “best if used by” dates between Aug. 9 and Aug. 20. See the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website for more information and package sizes.

If you’ve purchased the carrots involved in this recall, throw them away. “These kinds of carrots are often eaten raw rather than cooked, so it’s all the more important to not eat them,” says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.

More information on the recall, including pictures of the affected products’ packages and bar codes, can be found on the FDA website here.

The Details

Products recalled: Bunny-Luv Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots, Bunny-Luv Organic Premium Petite Carrots, Cal-Organic Petite Carrots, Grimmway Farms Shredded Carrots, O Organics Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots, and O Organics Baby Rainbow Carrots.

The problem: The carrots may be contaminated with salmonella.

The fix: Throw the recalled carrots away and contact Grimmway Farms to receive a refund.

How to contact the manufacturer: Call Grimmway Farms at 800-301-3101.

Symptoms of Salmonella

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps anywhere from 6 hours to six days after exposure. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and usually resolves without treatment. However, some people may become so ill that they require hospitalization. Call a doctor if you have a fever higher than 102° F, have diarrhea that doesn’t improve in three days, or have bloody stools. Dehydration is also possible and should be assessed by a doctor. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth and throat, dizziness when standing, and making very little urine.

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PreventionClean Separate Cook Chill

Five Fast Facts

Remember to follow the Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill guidelines to help keep you and your family safe from Salmonella. Be especially careful to follow the guidelines when preparing food for young children, people with weakened immune systems, and older adults.

Don’t let Salmonella make you or your loved ones sick. Take a look at these five facts and the CDC’s tips for lowering your chance of getting a Salmonella infection.

  1. You can get a Salmonella infection from a variety of foodsSalmonella can be found in many foods, including sprouts and other vegetables, eggs, chicken, pork, fruits, and even processed foods, such as nut butter, frozen pot pies, chicken nuggets, and stuffed chicken entrees. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal, so it is important to know how to prevent infection.
  2. Salmonella also can spread from animals to people and from people to people. Always wash your hands after contact with animals. Also, wash your hands after using the toilet, changing diapers, or helping someone with diarrhea clean up after using the toilet. If you have a Salmonella infection, you should not prepare food or drinks for others until you no longer have diarrhea.
  3. Salmonella illness is more common in the summer. Warmer weather and unrefrigerated foods create ideal conditions for Salmonella to grow. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze perishables (foods likely to spoil or go bad quickly), prepared foods, and leftovers within 2 hours (or 1 hour if the temperature outside is 90°F or hotter).
  4. Salmonella illness can be serious and is more dangerous for certain people. Anyone can get an infection, but some people are more likely to develop a serious illness, including children younger than 5, older adults, and people with immune systems weakened from a medical condition, such as diabetes, liver, or kidney disease, and cancer or its treatment.
  5. Salmonella causes far more illnesses than you might suspect. For every person with an illness confirmed by a laboratory test, about 30 more people with the same illnesses are not reported. Most people who get food poisoning do not go to a doctor or submit a sample to a laboratory, so we never learn what germ made them sick.

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

Salmonella infection is diagnosed when a laboratory test detects bacteria in a person’s poop (stool), body tissue, or fluids.

Most people recover without specific treatment. Antibiotics are typically used only to treat people with severe illnesses. Patients should drink extra fluids as long as diarrhea lasts. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the person needs to be hospitalized.

In rare cases, an infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body. In these people, the infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

 

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