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Tomato recall comes to parts of region

May 5, 2011 - 12:16 PM
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An earlier recall of salmonella-infected grape tomatoes in western states has spread to parts of our region, including some Trader Joe's stores.

Trader Joe's has issued a warning that customers should not eat its Splendido Little Tomatoes, a 12 oz. clamshell package of grape tomatoes. According to the company's website, the warning applies to stores in D.C., Maryland, and parts of Virginia (only the Alexandria, Centreville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston, and Springfield stores). No illness has been reported, but the tomatoes were packed on a shared line with tomatoes that could be infected with salmonella.

The product was distributed by Mastronardi Produce of Kingsville, Ontario. Mastronardi is also recalling 1-pint clamshell packages of Sunset Grape Tomatoes sold in Maryland stores.

Recalls on grape tomatoes across the country stem from a recall by Six L's Packing Company in Immokalee, Fla. on April 29. The FDA reports no illnesses from the tomatoes but warns of the possibility of salmonella contamination. More on how tomatoes get contaminated with salmonella in the first place here.

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