Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgia consumers to the recall of one lot of romaine lettuce by Tanimura & Antle, Inc. of Salinas Calif., due to possible Salmonella contamination.

No illnesses have been reported and although the recalled product is past its shelf life, the company is working with FDA to ensure that consumers destroy any of the lettuce they may have purchased.  The recalled product was sold in cartons of bulk or wrapped romaine marked with lot code 531380 to retail, wholesale and food service outlets in 29 states, including Georgia, and Canada and Puerto Rico.  The single lot of romaine was harvested June 25 – July 2.

Within hours of being notified of the random test conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Tanimura & Antle had traced back the entire lot of the romaine and advised all of the customers who received the product of the positive Salmonella test result.  Tanimura & Antle instructed the customers to destroy the product.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with compromised immune systems.  Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  In rare circumstances the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

Consumers who need more information may visit the company’s website at www.taproduce.com for updates or call Tanimura & Antle at 1-877-827-7388.