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Major carrot producer warns of possible salmonella risk

Grimmway Farms is recalling six packaged carrot products

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Salad lovers take note -- some carrot products grown and distributed by Grimmway Farms of California could be tainted with salmonella.

The company said its internal testing identified the possibility that some carrot products, packaged and distributed to supermarkets across the United States, may have been exposed to the bacteria. It has received no reports of illnesses but has launched a major recall as a precaution.

“The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test,” said Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby. “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.”

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and other people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people can experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. 

Packaged under three brands

The recalled carrot products include cut, chopped, or shredded carrots sold under the Bunny Luv, Cal Organic, O Organics, and Grimmway Farms brands. All of the suspect products bear a nine-character lot code beginning with 195, 196, or 197 and ending in BF or SP printed on the bag. For example, 1952023BF.

The company said consumers who have one of the recalled products should not eat it and should discard it. People with questions may contact Grimmway Farms’ customer services desk at 1-800-301-3101 or visit the company's website.

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