Time to check your crisper drawer: There’s been a major recall, and this time, we’re talking about carrots. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a significant recall of six different carrot products, which were all distributed by Grimmway Farms. The southern California-based company issued a voluntary recall after finding that their products may have been contaminated with Salmonella. "The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test," said Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby in a statement. "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."
The list of products recalled include 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, and O Organics Organic Baby Rainbow Carrots. Grimmway Farms’ press release stated that in addition to these products, they also “recalled certain shredded carrots and chopped (chunk) carrots that were sold to food manufacturers and food service distributors. All affected food manufacturers, food service distributors, and retail customers have been notified with much of the product having been recaptured before being available for consumption."
"Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should destroy or discard it.” All of the carrots have "best if used by" dates of August 9th, 2021 and August 20th, 2021.
Salmonella can cause some not-so-pretty symptoms like diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms usually start anytime within 6 hours to 6 days after infection and can last for 4–7 days. The CDC gets about 42,000 reports of salmonella each year, though health experts there believe that the total number of cases actually may be more than 1.2 million.
Any consumers with questions or concerns may contact the Grimmway Farms’ customer service desk at 1-800-301-3101 or visit www.grimmway.com. Customers should call their doctor if they believe that they may have been infected.
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