Tomato recall! Tomato recall! Tomato recall!
May 3rd, 2011
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Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., a California-based food supplier for six retail chain stores, has announced the recall of grape tomatoes produced by a grower who said the vegetables might be contaminated with salmonella.

The recall applies to 29 brand-packaged salads sold at Albertson's, Raley's, Sam's Club, Savemart, Signature Cafe and Wal-Mart, the company said in a statement Monday. The affected products have expiration dates ranging from April 27 to May 9, according to the news release.

Get more details at Calif. company announces grape tomato recall and keep track of recall news on Eatocracy

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  1. Buford Click

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    November 22, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  2. Dan

    It's things like this that convince you to grow your own tomatoes! Does the Topsy Turvy Tomato – Upside Down Hanging Tomatoes Kit really work?
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    May 14, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  3. hillbilleter

    Doesn't anyone in packaged foods wash their fruits and vegetables with soap and water any more? That's just nasty.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • JohnnyJumpUp

      so is your breath..

      May 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Chicken or Beef

    Never trust a meat eater – they abuse their spouses and kids...the hormones make them all crazy
    and you see them on the news all the time. Driving their kids into water; tossing their husbands down
    wells; tearing up their hotel rooms – meat make you crazy, man. It's like eating yourself. Freaky stuff.

    May 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Sinister Sister

      Only try that last item if you're REALLY flexible.....definitely "freaky stuff."

      May 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Bubba

      Bread eaters are the worst. Jails are full of them. Dahmer ate bread every day and so did Osama bin Laden.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants, the recluse guy


      May 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • hillbilleter

      Hitler was a vegetarian, wasn't he?

      May 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • JohnnyJumpUp

      Never trust a fart either.... just sayin'.

      May 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  5. POD

    Eating is the consumptation of another living organism to sustain your own life. From a biological point of view it really doesn't matter whether that organism is a plant or an animal. From a 'philosophical' point of view, it's quite another story

    May 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants, the recluse guy

    Who cares about technicalities.

    Mmmmmm! 'Matoes'!

    Pass the salt

    May 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |

    eat only processed "foods"

    May 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  8. liam1234

    If you want green product, here it is.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • hillbilleter

      Salmonella is green, all-natural and is often organic. So is snake venom and belladonna.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  9. The Witty One

    This is why I rinse all my veggies in bleach before I eat them!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Bubba

      I rinse mine in bleach AFTER I eat them. Urg, I don't feel so good.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • The Witty One

        Interesting notion. I'll have to give that a whirl!

        May 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  10. liam1234

    Please go to look, you will get better ideas for green.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  11. StillPreferOrganic

    Can someone please recall food containing GMOs? These things haven't been proven to be safe (in fact there are mounds of studies showing them not to be safe), but the FDA turns a blind eye and cozies up to companies like Monsanto to push these genetically engineered crops through. If you're eating processed food, you can just about guarantee you're eating something that has been genetically modified. Genetically engineered ingredients are in 70% of the food we eat.

    Check out to educate yourself.

    Thanks FDA, USDA and Monsanto for my family's fertility issues. Thanks for the cancer in our community. Thanks for pushing mutant crops with suicide genes that turn a renewable resource into a non-renewable resource.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Charlie

      And Monsanto also has a patant on them which means you can not use the seeds from the plant to grow a corp next year, and even if you do not use GMO seed your plant can get cross pollenated and you lose that organic corp.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • StillPreferOrganic

        Right! In Indea, Monsanto pushed Bt cotton as some wonderful seed that would produce greater yields. Apparently nothing was said of the fact that they'd require twice the water. Hopeful farmers took out loans to pay 1000 times (yes, that's ONE THOUSAND TIMES) more for these "magic" seeds and when the crops failed, they had no product to sell to pay off their debt. AND whereas with normal cotton they could replant, Bt cotton is sterile (thanks to Monsanto's suicide gene) so the farmers couldn't replant.

        Some estimate that 100,000 farmers Bt cotton farmers have committed suicide because of this complete disaster.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • StillPreferOrganic

        Sorry. That should read, "In India ..." Fat fingers today ...

        May 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Bubba

      Gee, I've never seen a study showing improved foods were bad unless it was a study by biased foodies or end-of-the-world crazies. Get back to us when you turn into an ear of corn or something.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
      • hillbilleter

        You must have missed the study that shows that honeybees who feed on altered corn are starving to death.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  12. again?

    Please watch the documentary Food, Inc. Only then will you understand where our food comes from & why it's always getting recalled.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • hillbilleter

      The weird thing is, most of these foods shouldn't be getting recalled. People used to practice basic cleanliness and wash their fruits and vegetables with soap and water before consuming them. Signs are that modern people are too stupid to clean their own food.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Truth, Temporary Bachelor@wod

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    1. intended to entrap or beguile: an insidious plan.
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    1535–45; < Latin insidiōsus deceitful, equivalent to insidi ( ae ) (plural) an ambush (derivative of insidēre to sit in or on) + -ōsus -ous

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    1. corrupting. 2. artful, cunning, wily, subtle, crafty. Unabridged
    Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  14. grr

    Quit hiring illegals. We need to stop this nightmare.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Bubba

      Legal or illegal: don't let people crap in your fields. Get the portapotties.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • hillbilleter

      Doesn't matter who works in the fields, the food still grows in dirt, gets blown by flies, visited by wild animals, and fertilized. Then, they're paced by people who can't take a sick day off when they're scratching, coughing and sneezing. Who in their right mind would eat fruits and vegetables without cleaning all that off?

      May 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • hillbilleter


        May 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • americafail

        Nut case.

        May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  15. hillbilleter

    I always wash my vegetables with soap and water before I eat them, and I trust food preparers to do the same. For salmonella to be associated with these tomatoes, wouldn't it have to still be on the inside? How did it get there if the skins are not broken?

    May 3, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • RichardHead

      I am not an expert on this but-It could start in the fields,possibly contaminated equipment at the Growers warehouse,there are too many variables in the handling of produce.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:22 am |
      • Dr. K

        Actually it is in the water supply. Contaminated water used for washing field harvested tomatoes could be one of the culprits. If the tomatoes are dunked int the tanks of such waterfor "washing" after harvest; germs can get inside tomatoes. Modern packing houses do not use the dunking method , they spray wash their tomatoes and the air dry them before paking in the containers.
        Tomato skin is practically impervious to water & air. Only passage for air & water in atomato fruit is thru the stem end.
        You can test this by holding a tomato in a bowl of water ; gentle squeeze the tomato and you will see tiny air bubbles coming out of the stem end. Stop squeezing and you have replaced the air with the water from your bowl !!

        May 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • hillbilleter

        Thanks, guys, for answering my question. I was raised on a farm and some of my family have worked in tomato fields and in the packing plants. Anyone who works with the soil is very aware of what has touched their food. We were always under the impression that if the skins were unbroken, cleaned vegetables are safe. Now I have a new research project to keep me busy. :)

        May 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Nick

      Washing removes some surface contamination but even washing with harsh cleaners wouldn't remove all contamination. Generally washing only removes 1 log of microbial load. Your best bet for preventing food born illness from produce is to cook produce. Microbes like salmonella and E. coli are most likely surface contaminants that are on the produce due to water contamination from near by farms into the the water supply that is used to water or irrigate crops. It can also be due to wild animals that grave in the fields.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:32 am |
      • SZ

        Cooking veggies oftern leads to reduced nutritional value – not to mention over cooked veggies are mushy and disgusting.
        I eat veggies – cooked and not cooked – nearly every day and have never gotten sick. There are countless reasons variable that cause food based illnesses.

        May 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • hillbilleter

        I use Dawn dishwashing liquid and a vegetable brush. Gets them squeeky clean. But my sister-in-law, who lives on a farm, actually washes then peels the skins off all her tomatoes. She knows exactly whats on vegetables and will have none of it.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  16. hillbilleter

    I never eat vegetables that I don't clean with soap and water first. To do otherwise is inviting disaster. So, what I'm asking is, how does salmonella get INSIDE a tomato?

    May 3, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Charlie

      Can filter up thourgh the root system too, kinda hard to wash inside the food unless ya like soap

      May 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  17. Observer

    This should show everyone the barbarism and poor quality of a vegan based diet.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Jerv@Observer

      LMAO! Way to try and stir the stink pot.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • mark in nyc

      as opposed to mad cow disease, tainted and spoiled meat???

      May 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • PennyNot

      Barbarism of a vegan diet. Yeah those plants just scream when you pull them.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • Ron

        Duh.. havent you ever had to pull a Mandrake in Herbology?

        May 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • Harry P@Ron


        May 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Jeanette

      More often than not this kind of contamination is from runoff from CAFOs, so it's more likely the "barbarism" of the industrial animal production system.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • TSuisei

      LOL at these replies!... Apparently one side effect of switching to a vegan diet is they loose their sense of humor.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • AleeD@TSuisei

      It does appear that way sometimes. That makes them easy targets. ;)

      May 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • kelten

      Meat eating is babarism at it's finest...
      Eating meat causes wars,
      and the destruction of our top soil... these are facts...

      May 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
      • The Witty One@kelten

        Wow....just wow.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  18. RichardHead

    It should be noted that the "grape tomatoes" were grown in Florida and not California. Maybe the FDA should consider some extra inspections of these Eastern farms.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • shelterbay

      I looked at my pkgs of grape tomatoes after the first article, even though it said Calif and not shipped to Florida. Now I am wondering.....have been eating them like candy for a week or so and am having intestinal problems. I am in Florida and my pkg info says they were grown here. Richard, how do you you know your Florida information?

      May 3, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • RichardHead

        Saw it on the internets last night-Msnbc. I am a truck driver and have to keep up with this stuff. Hope you get to feeling better.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:35 am |
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