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Almost a Meal: Tomatoes, Cheese and Cilantro Recalled

Salmonella and Listeria risk – no illnesses reported.

Screen Shot 2012-08-13 at 3.03.22 AM.pngMenno Beachy of Cresco, Iowa, is recalling one-pint containers of Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. A food distributor in Minnesota distributed 15 cases containing 12 one-pint containers of the affected grape tomatoes to retail stores located in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan between 7/26/12-8/6/12.

The grape tomatoes are packaged in square-shaped clear plastic clamshell containers labeled as Menno Beachy Certified Organic Grape Tomato, UPC number 044419310176, with a net weight of one pint. There are no lot numbers or expiration dates on the clamshell label. The clamshell packages are distributed in cases that are printed with a lot number. The case lot numbers affected by the recall are MB725GT3, MB725GT8, and MB725GT0.

Menno Beachy became aware of the contamination after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected a sample of the grape tomatoes located at the Minnesota distributor. The sample of lot number MB725GT0 found the grape tomatoes to be contaminated with Salmonella. Menno Beachy is investigating the source of the contamination.

Screen Shot 2012-08-13 at 3.04.17 AM.pngTomales Bay Foods, Inc., Petaluma, CA, a cheese distribution company, is recalling all partial wheels of two cheeses distributed by Tomales Bay Foods Inc., due to an abundance of caution because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled cheese was distributed to restaurants and retail stores in California, North Carolina, and Florida, between June 25th and July 27, 2012. The following products are being recalled in full cooperation with the US FDA. This recall only involves a total of 133 lbs. of cheese which was distributed as partial wheels from Tomales Bay Foods Inc. Tomales Bay Foods Inc. distributed PARTIAL WHEELS of: Shepherd’s Way; Big Woods Blue, make date: 7/19/2011 -7/27/2011 Tumalo Farms; Pondhopper pack date 6-28-2012.

Screen Shot 2012-08-13 at 3.05.00 AM.pngFresco Green Farms Inc. of Winchester, CA is recalling 1,643 cases of Cilantro harvested from July 18th 2012 to July 27th 2012, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The cilantro was on store shelves in California and Minnesota beginning July 19, 2012 and likely sold or removed from sale before August 6, 2012. There have been no illnesses reported. The cilantro is bunched and tied together with a brown rubber band. Each bunch has the following dimensions; 10 inches of length and 1 ¼ width. The individual bunches have no identifying labels or lot numbers. They were distributed in shipping cases labeled “Fresco Green Farms Inc., Hemet, CA. Produce of USA cilantro 2.5dz “ Consumers who may have purchased the cilantro should contact the store where hey purchased it to determine whether the cilantro was included in the recall.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the USDA, which revealed that the cilantro harvested from July 18th to July 27th has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Fresco Green Farm is taking this matter as high priority and has made extreme quality control measures to identify if any cilantro is contaminated prior to shipping to distributors and retail markets.