Louisville, Ky.-based retailer Thorntons Inc. voluntarily recalled two salad products from some of its stores in response to potential salmonella contamination in grape tomatoes sourced by Pearson Foods.
Thorntons was notified Sept. 30 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company pulled the products — Quick Café 6-ounce garden salads and 5.6-ounce chef salads — from shelves the same day, said John Zikias, vice president of sales and marketing. Thorntons also posted information for consumers.
Fewer than 200 salads and 100 stores were involved, Zikias said.
“We do lower volumes on the weekends,” he said.
The salads were manufactured and distributed by Greencore USA to Thorntons stores in Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; and Nashville.
The products came in a black bowl with a clear lid and bore expiration dates of Sept. 30, Oct. 2 and Oct. 3.
No illnesses have been reported. A sample from a grape tomato lot sourced by Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Pearson Foods tested positive for salmonella.
“We didn’t know if he had a situation or not,” Zikias said. “We have not received a single complaint.”