Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat bagged, fresh baby carrots distributed to Kroger/Ralphs and Trader Joe’s stores in California by the Los Angeles Salad Company. The product may be contaminated with Shigella.
The product was distributed to Kroger/ Ralphs grocery stores in 7-ounce plastic bags labeled “Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots” with the Los Angeles Salad Company brand name and to Trader Joe’s grocery stores in 7-ounce plastic bags with the Trader Joe’s brand name.
The Los Angeles Salad Company has recalled the bagged baby carrots with sell by dates of August 16, 2007, and earlier. The baby carrots were imported from Mexico. In addition to California, the product has been distributed to Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Tennessee, Washington and Canada.
Currently, there are no reports of illness associated with the contaminated baby carrots in California. Four illnesses have been reported in Canada. No deaths have been reported.
Food contaminated with Shigella bacteria may not look or smell spoiled. Most individuals that are infected with Shigella may develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed. The diarrhea may be bloody. Shigellosis usually lasts from five to seven days. In some individuals, especially young children and the elderly, the symptoms can become severe and require hospitalization.
Consumers who may have purchased the recalled carrots should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.
Individuals who may have consumed this product and have any of the above symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.