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      Mission shipper recalls cherry tomatoes amid salmonella scare

      Cherry Tomato Recall // FDA Photo

      A Mission-based produce shipper is recalling more than 800 cartons of cherry tomatoes imported from Mexico following a salmonella scare.

      Inspectors with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) detected the bacteria in a shipment of cherry tomatoes sent from Rio Queen Citrus in Mission.

      According to and FDA recall warning, the tomatoes were imported from Mexico and packaged in "Karol" brand boxes.

      The 840 cartons all say "Distributed by Interstate Fruit & Vegetable Co" and sold in stores in Texas and South Carolina starting back on November 10th.

      A source of the bacteria has not been found but distribution of the tomatoes has been suspended while FDA and company officials continue their investigation.

      Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

      Children, the elderly, the frail and those with weak immune systems are the most vulnerable.

      Consumers who have purchased Mexican cherry tomatoes are asked to contact their retail store or place of purchase to determine if they were among the facilities to receive this product.

      Anyone with questions may contact Rio Queen Citrus at (956) 205-7400, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Central Standard Time).