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Iowa grower recalls grape tomatoes due to possible Salmonella risk

CRESCO, Iowa -- Menno Beachy, an Iowa grower, is recalling grape tomatoes beacuse of a possible health risk.

The Food and Drug Administration posted online Wednesday that the food supplier is recalling 1-pint containers of Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

A food distributor in Minnesota delivered 15 cases to retail stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan between July 26 and Aug. 6.

The FDA describes the recalled product in the following:

The grape tomatoes are packaged in square-shaped clear plastic clamshell containers labeled as Menno Beachy Certified Organic Grape Tomato, UPC number 044419310176, with a net weight of one pint.  There are no lot numbers or expiration dates on the clamshell label.  The clamshell packages are distributed in cases that are printed with a lot number.  The case lot numbers affected by the recall are MB725GT3, MB725GT8, and MB725GT0.

Menno Beachy became aware of the possible contamination after the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture collected a sample of tomatoes at the Minnesota distribution site. Those tomatoes tested positive for Salmonella.

No illnesses associated with these tomatoes have been reported yet. If you think you may have ingested contaminated tomatoes, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of Salmonella include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

If you think you may have bought some of these tomatoes, throw them away or return them to the store where you bought them.

If you have additional questions, you can call Menno Beachy at (563) 203-4671.

For other recall information, you can visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm314871.htm.

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