A voluntary recall was issued Saturday night by Taylor Farms, a California produce company, for some of their fresh tomatoes sold through some Costco stores in stores in California, Washington, and Nevada. The company found salmonella during routine testing and proceeded with the recall as a result, though no illnesses from the tomatoes have been reported.
The tomatoes were sold as Expo Fresh Roma Tomatoes with a date for packing of September 5 or September 6. These are the only bunches of tomatoes affected by the recall, so if you have some with another date they’re okay. The Expo Fresh Roma Tomatoes were sold at Costco locations in Los Angeles and Hawthorne, California; Tacoma and Lynnwood, Washington; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Also part of the recall, but not sold at Costco, were Sicilian Vegetable Salad kits, which contain the tomatoes, sold through deli counters at Safeway, Vons and Pavilions grocery stores in California, Nevada and Arizona with use-by dates of September 20 and September 21.
If you have the tomatoes or salad kits, you should not eat them and should either dispose of them or return them to your local Costco store (or the store where you bought the salad kit) for a refund. But definitely don’t eat it!
No illnesses have been reported or associated with the tomatoes so far, so this is just a precautionary recall. However, salmonella is nothing to mess around with. This is definitely a case of better safe than sorry. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
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