If you and your family keep carrots in your refrigerator to enjoy as a quick, healthy snack, then you need to know about a new food recall. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an announcement on July 21 about a voluntary recall by Grimmway Farms for some of the company’s pre-packaged carrots due to possible Salmonella contamination.
“The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test, Grimmway Farms president and CEO Jeff Huckaby said in the FDA announcement. “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.”
Grimmway Farms grows, sells and distributes carrots to retailers around the country under a variety of brands, including Bunny-Luv, Grimmway Farms, Cal-Organic and O Organics.
Grimmway Farms notified all of its retailers of the voluntary recall, which includes the following brands and UPC codes:
- Bunny Luv Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots, 1 lb. bag; UPC number: 0 3338390205 0; Best-By-Date: Aug. 17, 2021 – Aug. 20, 2021
- Bunny Luv Organic Premium Petite Carrots, 3 lb. bag; UPC number: 0 7878351301 7; Best-By-Date: Aug. 15, 2021
- Cal-Organic Organic Petite Carrots, 12 oz. bag; UPC number: 0 7878390810 3; Best-By-Date: Aug. 15, 2021
- Grimmway Farms Shredded Carrots, 10 oz. bag; UPC number: 0 7878350610 1; Best-By-Date: Aug. 9, 2021
- O Organics Organic Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots, 1 lb. bag; UPC number: 0 7989340850 7; Best-By-Date: Aug. 15, 2021
- O Organics Organic Baby Rainbow Carrots, 12 oz. bag; UPC number: 0 7989398162 8; Best-By-Date: Aug. 13, 2021 – Aug. 14, 2021
All of the products listed have a nine-character lot code beginning with 195, 196, or 197 and ending in BF or SP printed on the bag.
Anyone with recalled carrots should not eat them and should dispose of them immediately.
So far, neither the company nor the FDA has had any reported illnesses as a result of this voluntary recall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Salmonella bacterium infects more than 1.3 million people each year, with food being the most common source. Salmonella infections result in approximately 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths every year.
Symptoms of Salmonella illness include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Most healthy people recover without any issue from the illness. However, vulnerable populations such as elderly people, children and people with compromised immune systems can be affected more seriously.
To get more information about the Grimmway Farms carrot recall, customers can call the company at 800-301-3101 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, visit the company’s website or read the FDA’s recall notice.