Grimmway Farms recalled retail-packaged carrots due to potential contamination of Salmonella, a bacterial disease that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), common signs and symptoms of a person infected with Salmonella include fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, the disease can progress to something more severe, such as infected aneurysms, which is the enlargement of an artery; endocarditis, which is the infection in the heart’s inner lining; and arthritis, which is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints.
The recalled product was shipped directly to retailers throughout the United States.
Grimmway Farms has recalled after a routine sampling in a later lot of the finished product found the bacteria. Due to this, the later finished product lot was not released and continues to stay quarantined.
Grimmway Farms has provided information to the retailers who have purchased the recalled product in response to this. They urge retailers to contact their customers to facilitate the return of contaminated products.
The company also encourages consumers who have purchased the recalled item to stop using the product immediately and return it to point-of-sale for a full refund. A receipt is not required for this.
No other Grimmway Farms were affected or involved in this recall. There have also been no reported illnesses to date.