Baby Carrots Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Bunny-Luv, Cal-Organic, and other brands could pose a risk

6 Packages of recalled baby, petite and shredded carrots Source: FDA

Grimmway Farms announced a recall of baby, petite, and shredded carrots because they may be tainted with salmonella. The problem was found during a “routine internal company test,” Jeff Huckaby, president and CEO of Grimmway Farms, said in a statement. No illnesses have been reported.

The products were bagged and sold in stores nationwide under the Bunny-Luv, Cal-Organic, Grimmway Farms, and O Organics brands.

Just one sample of the carrots tested positive for salmonella, according to Dana Brennan, vice president of government & public affairs at Grimmway Farms. "It only takes one positive for us to trigger our response protocols," she said.

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According to Brennan, the problem was discovered early enough to prevent much of the potentially contaminated carrots from reaching consumers. But it is still possible that some did. All of the carrots involved in this recall have a nine-character lot code that begins with 195, 196, or 197 and ends in BF or SP on the bag. The packages also carry “best if used by” dates between Aug. 9 and Aug. 20. For more information and package sizes, see the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

If you’ve purchased the carrots involved in this recall, throw them away. “These kinds of carrots are often eaten raw rather than cooked, so it’s all the more important to not eat them,” says James E. Rogers, PhD, director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.

Symptoms of Salmonella

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps anywhere from 6 hours to six days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and usually resolves without treatment. However, some people may become so ill that they require hospitalization. Call a doctor if you have a fever higher than 102° F, if you have diarrhea that doesn’t improve in three days, or if you have bloody stools. Dehydration is also possible and should be assessed by a doctor. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth and throat, dizziness when standing, and making very little urine.

The Details

Products recalled: Bunny-Luv Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots, Bunny-Luv Organic Premium Petite Carrots, Cal-Organic Petite Carrots, Grimmway Farms Shredded Carrots, O Organics Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots, and O Organics Baby Rainbow Carrots.

The problem: The carrots may be contaminated with salmonella.

The fix: Throw the recalled carrots away and contact Grimmway Farms to receive a refund.

How to contact the manufacturer: Call Grimmway Farms at 800-301-3101.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include additional information from Grimmway Farms.

Trisha Calvo

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