Taylor Farms Pacific, a Tracy, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,000 pounds of ready-to-eat fresh salad products that contain meat and poultry because the grape tomatoes used in these products may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
The problem was discovered when Taylor Farms Pacific was notified by its tomato supplier, Six L's, that a specific lot of grape tomatoes was being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. Taylor Farms Pacific, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, announced the recall of products containing the grape tomatoes on May 2, 2011.
The products subject to recall in packaging for consumers include trays of BLT Salad with Chicken, Chef Salad and Cobb Salad. Each package bears a label with the establishment number "EST. 34013" or "P-34013" inside the USDA mark of inspection and the use-by date as noted above. The products subject to recall were produced from April 20–24, 2011, and were sent to distribution centers in Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah and Wash. for further distribution to retail stores.
The products subject to recall in packaging for retailers, who may have assembled the kits and then repackaged the products for retail sale. When repackaged into individual kits, the packages do not bear the USDA mark of inspection or the establishment number.