Salmonella worries prompt romaine recall

SALINAS Calif. Concern about possible contamination by salmonella prompted supplier Tanimura & Antle to recall a single lot of bulk and wrapped romaine lettuce, some of which was sold to foodservice.

The romaine in question has a lot code of 531380 and was sold in head form and not as a pre-washed and pre-cut so-called “ready-to-eat” bagged product. Salinas-based Tanimura & Antle said the romaine was distributed in Canada, Puerto Rico and 29 U.S. states.

According to the company, there have been no illnesses reported in connection with the romaine, which was harvested between June 25 and July 2 and has a “use by” date that has already passed.

Tanimura & Antle said Tuesday that within hours of being notified that a spot test by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture had found traces of salmonella, it had completed a full traceback to buyers and told them of the finding. However, to address any product that may be held by consumers, possibly including restaurants that purchased it from brokers or other intermediaries, the supplier said it issued the voluntary recall “out of an abundance of caution.”

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The produce company said the recalled product was distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Information about the recall and updates, if any, are available at Tanimura & Antle’s website at www.taproduce.com [3].

Contact Alan J. Liddle at [email protected] [4]