Texas shipper recalls cherry tomatoes

Chris Koger, 11/22/2012


After the Food and Drug Administration detected salmonella in a sample of cherry tomatoes, a Texas company has recalled 840 cartons of the Mexican-grown tomatoes.

Rio Queen Citrus Inc., Mission, Texas, issued the recall Nov. 21; no illnesses had been reported in connection with the recall.

The tomatoes, packed in bulk 12/1 dry pints in cartons, were shipped to retail stores in Texas and South Carolina, according to a news release posted on the FDA’s website. The cartons are labeled “Distributed by Interstate Fruit & Vegetable,” a business affiliated with Rio Queen Citrus, according to the release.

Although they were in Karol-brand boxes shipped from Nov. 10-19, retailers may have repackaged them in other containers “depending on the area and retailer,” according to the release.

The original bulk containers have the lot No. 01W45 in the upper right corner of the box.

Rio Queen has stopped shipping the cherry tomatoes while it and the FDA investigate the source of the salmonella.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a similar recall of Mexican cherry tomatoes in Krown-brand clamshells and party trays in Canadian Safeway stores. The agency did not say if the Canadian recall is related to the Rio Queen Citrus recall.




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