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Grape Tomatoes Recalled For Cuteness, Err.. Salmonella

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Grape tomatoes supplied to Tracy, CA-based company Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. have been recalled by grower Six L's after it was discovered they may be contaminated with Salmonella, reports the Food and Drug Administration.

The recalled tomatoes were used in a variety of Taylor Farms prepared/packaged salad products with sell-by dates between April 27 and May 9. Full list here.

According to a statement from the FDA, the products using the recalled tomatoes were sold in Albertsons, Raley's, Safeway, Savemart, Sam's Club and Walmart stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah.

The recall is voluntarily as a precautionary measure and no illnesses have been reported, however these products "should not be eaten," notes the FDA release. Customers can return recalled products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Taylor Farms Pacific directly at 209-835-6300 between the hours of 8am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday, with questions, or visit the FDA and USDA websites.

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Notes the CDC:

Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Salmonella germs have been known to cause illness for over 100 years. They were discovered by an American scientist named Salmon, for whom they are named. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.