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California company recalls romaine lettuce after salmonella is found

Tanimura & Antle of Salinas has instructed stores in 29 states to destroy the lettuce, which was also was sold to wholesalers and food-service providers.

July 23, 2009|W.J. Hennigan

A Salinas, Calif., company is recalling romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Tanimura & Antle Inc. issued the recall after a random test conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture tested positive for salmonella.

Salmonella infections can be fatal to the young and the elderly. The organism can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The company has instructed stores in 29 states, including California, to destroy the lettuce. The romaine also was sold to wholesalers and food-service providers.

The cartons and wrapped heads of romaine are marked with the lot code 531380. The lettuce was harvested from June 25 to July 2. Although the recalled product is past its expiration date, Tanimura & Antle said it was recalling the lettuce to ensure that it does not reach consumers.

"Tanimura & Antle is committed to our customers and the shoppers who buy our products every day," Chief Executive Rick Antle said. "We practice strict food-safety guidelines, using technology and scientific information to ensure that our products are as safe as possible. We will continue to review opportunities for improvement."

As of Wednesday afternoon, the company had received no reports of illness. It said it was working with the Food and Drug Administration to inform consumers about the recall.

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william.hennigan@latimes.com

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