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Leading carrot producer warns consumers of possible salmonella risk

*Grimmway Farms, based in the United States, is recalling six packaged carrot products sold to supermarkets, saying the health of consumers and the integrity of its products are our highest priorities

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Concerned stakeholders have urged Salad lovers worldwide to take note this: some carrot products grown and distributed by Grimmway Farms of California, in the United States (US) could be tainted with salmonella.

ConsumerConnect gathered the company said its internal testing identified the possibility that some carrot products, packaged and distributed to supermarkets across the US, may have been exposed to the bacteria.

Grimmway Farms, however, disclosed that it has received no reports of illnesses, but has launched a major recall as a precaution, agency report stated.

Jeff Huckaby, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Grimmway Farms, said: “The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test.

“The health of our customers and the integrity of our products are our highest priorities, and we will continue to monitor and communicate as additional information is available.”

Salmonella is a rod-shaped bacterium found in the intestine that can cause food poisoning, gastroenteritis, and typhoid fever.  The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and other people with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people can experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Packaged under three brands, the recalled carrot products include cut, chopped, or shredded carrots sold under the Bunny Luv, Cal Organic, O Organics, and Grimmway Farms brands.

All of the suspect products bear a nine-character lot code beginning with 195, 196, or 197 and ending in BF or SP printed on the bag; for example, 1952023BF.

According to the company, consumers who have one of the recalled products should not eat it and should discard it.

People with questions may contact Grimmway Farms’ customer services desk on 1-800-301-3101, or visit the company’s Web site, report said.

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