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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Enforcement Report - Week of June 19, 2013

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Event Detail

Event ID 63738
Product Type Food
Status Ongoing
Recalling Firm Rio Queen Citrus, Inc
City Mission
State TX
Country US
Voluntary/Mandated Voluntary: Firm Initiated
Recall Initiation Date 2012-11-19
Initial Firm Notification of
Consignee or Public
Letter
Distribution Pattern TX, SC, KS, and Canada

Product Detail

Product Description Code Info Classification Reason for Recall Product Quantity Recall Number
The product was originally distributed in a bulk container of 12/1 Dry Pints in boxes labeled "Karol" with the Lot No. "01W45" stamped in the upper, right-hand corner on the face of the box. The box states "Distributed by Interstate Fruit & Vegetable", which is an affiliated business of Rio Queen Citrus, Inc. These packages were distributed at the retail level between November 10th & November 19th, 2012. At the retail level, the tomatoes may have been packaged in an alternative container depending on the area and retailer. Lot No. "01W45" Class I Rio Queen Citrus, Inc. of Mission, TX is recalling 840 cartons of 12/1 Dry Pints of Mexican cherry tomatoes in "Karol" brand boxes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. 840 cases (12 pints per case) F-1517-2013
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