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Food Recall: Bye Bye Sweet Baby Carrots

What is this world coming to when sweet baby carrots are thrown from the train because of Shigella salmonella scare?

If you receive FDA recall alerts, you’ll soon learn that more than one thing a day gets recalled and food, whether it’s for pets or people, is getting more frequent.

The old adage of eating your vegetables could be quite a scary proposition so instead stick with chocolate.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — City of Industry, Calif. — August 22, 2007 Los Angeles Salad Company, located in City of Industry, is recalling its “Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots” with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 16, 2007 printed on the back of the packages because the product may be contaminated with the bacteria Shigella.

Shigella infection can cause diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, nausea and vomiting. Illness usually lasts from 4 to 14 days. In some persons, especially the very young, the very old, and people with compromised immune systems, the diarrhea can be more severe. Infection can occur after eating and drinking food and water that is contaminated with Shigella and can be passed from person to person.

The product was sold in packages with two labels. One is labeled “Los Angeles Salad Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots” distributed by Kroger Co. King Sooper, in Colorado, Kroger Co. Ralphs in California; Publix in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida.

All of these packages were sold in flexible plastic bags in 7 and 8 oz. size with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 16, 2007.

The second label was “Trader Joe’s Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots” distributed by Trader Joe’s in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregonm and Washington in 7 oz. flexible plastic bags with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 8, 2007.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the same product sold in Canada was contaminated with Shigella. There were four reported incidences of illness in Canada from August 4-6, 2007. No one was hospitalized and all persons affected have fully recovered.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted to find the cause of the problem, but at this time the source has not been determined.

This is precautionary notice. Consumers who have purchased Los Angeles Salad Company’s “Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots” are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Los Angeles Salads at (626) 322-9017.

If products were dated August 8 and August 16, it would seem by August 22, the date of the recall, 7 or 8 oz of baby carrots would have been consumed.

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