(WWJ) A popular carrot company is recalling several of its products over worries about salmonella contamination.
They are sold across the country.
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The recall includes Bunny Luv brand peeled baby carrots and petite carrots; Cal-Organic organic carrots; Grimmway Farms shredded carrots; and O-Organics peeled baby-cut carrots and baby rainbow carrots.
All of the recall products have a nine-character lot code beginning with either 195, 196, or 197 and ending with BF or SP printed on the bag.
The voluntary recall comes after routine company testing detected contamination. No illnesses have been reported so far.
Salmonella is a bacterial infection of the intestinal track. According to the Mayo Clinic, people often experience no symptoms. For those who do, they usually start within eight to 72 hours of consuming the contaminated food. Those symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and headache.
Most people make a full recovery within a couple of days. It's often treated with antibiotics. However, the infection can be fatal if the bacteria spread outside the intestinal track. Young children, the elderly, and people who are immunocompromised are at greatest risk of life-threatening complications, according to medical experts.
If you have purchased these carrots, do not eat them. You should throw them away. For questions or concerns, call Grimmway Farms customer service at 1-800-301-3101, M-F, 8am - 8pm ET, or visit grimmway.com.
The complete list of recalled products follows:
The president of Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms released the following statement.
In the course of our ongoing and thorough quality control and food safety efforts, Grimmway Farms has identified a potential health risk (Salmonella) associated with select lots of baby carrots, as well as shredded carrots and chunk carrots that were sold as ingredients to food service distributors and food manufacturers. When this issue was identified, we promptly initiated a recall of all potentially affected products that had left our facility in California; thankfully, no illnesses have been linked to those products. However, that does not negate the seriousness with which we take this situation.
The health of you and your family, and the integrity of our products, is always at the forefront of our decisions, which is why we voluntarily initiated a recall of all carrot products that may have been affected. A full list can be found below this message, along with details on product return and safety protocols.
Please know that we are diligently working with the regulatory authorities, including the FDA, to resolve this issue.
We value your trust and confidence in our products and in our service, and continue to work every day to earn and honor your patronage.
Sincerely and with appreciation,
President & CEO, Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms"