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Florida company recalls tomatoes due to salmonella risk

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After the possibility of salmonella contamination was discovered during routine microbial sampling last week, Florida tomato growers, Big Red Tomato Packers, LLC announced a limited recall of fresh tomatoes, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release Feb. 7.

The recall affects 790 - 20 and 25 lb. boxes of fresh tomatoes of lot 1106.

The potentially tainted tomatoes were distributed to receivers in Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

It is recommended that any product remaining in the market channels should be disposed of immediately.

Most people 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 people recover without treatment.

However, in some people, 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.

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