The California Department of Public Health announced today that consumers should not eat Bolthouse Farms carrot chips in 16 ounce bags with “best if used by” dates of November 12, 2012 and November 13, 2012, because the carrots may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Bakersfield based Bolthouse Farms issued a voluntarily recall of the carrots after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services detected the bacteria in one of the packages during routine testing.
To date, no illnesses have been reported with the carrots. The products were available for sale in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The recalled Carrot Chips contain the following coding information on the front right corner of the bags: 04T XXXX BF212J11 or 04T XXXX BF212J12, where the four X’s are any series of numbers that indicate the time of packaging.
The California Department of Public Health encourages consumers who observe the product being offered for sale to report the activity to a toll free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.
The CDPH issued the following health advisory:
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness. CDPH recommends consumers experiencing any ill effects after consuming these products should consult their health care provider.