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Packaged carrots recalled over threat of contamination

August 25, 2007|Jesus Sanchez | Times Staff Writer

Packaged carrots sold under the Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots brand at Ralphs, Trader Joe's and other stores have been recalled because they might be contaminated with bacteria that could cause diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting.

The recall by City of Industry-based Los Angeles Salad Co. was announced after it was discovered that the same brand of baby carrots sold in Canada had been contaminated with the bacteria shigella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a statement released Thursday.

The bacteria can cause severe diarrhea in the young, elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Four cases of the illness were reported in Canada in early August, but all of those affected recovered and none of them were hospitalized.

At Ralphs stores, the carrots were sold in 7- and 8-ounce packages under the label Los Angeles Salad Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots. The packages had sell-by dates through Aug. 16.

The second label was Trader Joe's Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots, distributed by Trader Joe's in 7-ounce packages with sell-by dates through Aug. 8.

Shoppers who purchased the baby carrots were advised by the FDA to return them to the store where they bought them and request a refund.

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jesus.sanchez@latimes.com

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