Previously, Six L’s of Immokalee, Florida announced that it was voluntarily recalling a single lot of grape tomatoes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed to North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Georgia and Canada, and reached consumers through retail stores and restaurant distribution. The contamination was detected through a random sample obtained by USDA officials at a distributor in New York.
Raley’s Supermarkets was notified of the Salmonella contamination by their supplier and has since issued its own voluntary recall of several products containing grape tomatoes. The recall affects all Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill stores.
The grape tomatoes in the store’s products were packed on April 11, and products that could be affected were available for sale from April 26 – 29, 2011. Products containing the possibly contaminated tomatoes were available at the deli and include:
- Tomato Caprese Salad Kit
- Greek Quinoa Salad Kit
- Mediterranean Orzo Salad Kit
- Grilled Artichoke and Vegetable Pasta Salad Kit
- Raley’s To Go Classic Chef Salad Kit (UPC # 46567-50120)
- Raley’s To Go Cobb Salad Kit (UPC # 46567-50423)
- Raley’s To Go Chicken Caesar Salad Kit (UPC # 46567-50121)
- Raley’s To Go Family Size Green Salad Kit (UPC # 46567-50122)
- Raley’s To Go Mediterranean Chopped Salad Kit (UPC # 46567-50119)
- Raley’s To Go Seafood Louie Salad Kit (UPC # 46567-50422)
Raley’s spokeswoman Ashley Zepernick stated, “Raley’s immediately conducted our own recall and pulled all product from our shelves and from our warehouses as a precaution.” She added, “The safety of our customers is of the utmost importance and we ask that anyone who has recently purchased food service items containing grape tomatoes from our stores to return the product to their local store for a full refund.”
Raley’s reassured its customers that anything currently available in the store now is not affected by the recall, and that no illnesses have been reported. Consumers with questions or concerns may contact the Raley’s Consumer Affairs Department at (800) 925-9989.