Grimmway Farms has announced a recall of baby, petite, and shredded carrots because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
According to Consumer Reports, the problem was discovered during a routine internal company test. No illnesses have been reported so far.
The recalled products were bagged and sold in stores under the Bunny-Luv, Cal-Organic, Grimmway Farms and O Organics brands with “best if used by” dates between Aug. 9 and Aug. 20.
Details of the Recall
Officials are urging consumers who have these products at home to discard them. It is not clear yet if Grimmway Farms will provide refunds for the recalled products. Baby carrots and shredded carrots are typically eaten raw in salads or veggie plates. Officials say this makes it all the more important not to eat them.
All the recalled bags have a nine-character lot code that begins with 195, 196, or 197 and ends in BF or SP. More information can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website. Consumers may also call Grimmway Farms at 800-301-3101 or send a message via its website.
Why is Salmonella Dangerous?
Salmonella causes a number of symptoms, from diarrhea and fever to severe stomach cramps anywhere from six hours to six days after exposure. The illness typically lasts four to seven days and could resolve without treatment. But some people become so ill that they require hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States each year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.
It is important to call your doctor if you have a fever higher than 102° F, if you have bloody stools or diarrhea that doesn’t get better in three days. Those affected may also run the risk of dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth and throat, dizziness when standing, and making very little urine.
When food poisoning is caused by a contaminated or defective product, victims can seek compensation from the food producer, manufacturer and distributor. Damages that can be sought include medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.