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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin alerts consumers to the voluntary recall of Rimmer® Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish. The product is distributed nationally through retail stores, Internet sales and cocktail establishments. The garnish has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, a food-borne pathogen.  

The voluntary recall, by Stirrings LLC, Fall River, Mass., focuses on its 3.5 ounce packages of Rimmer® Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish with UPC# 80999 00046. Printed on the side of the packaging are its best by codes 10/27/08, 10/30/08, 11/23/08, 12/01/08, 12/04/08 and 01/03/09.

The recall may involve approximately 5,000 cases of its Rimmer® Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish supplied by Van de Vries Spice Corporation (formerly Atlantic Quality Spice) of Edison, N.J. Stirrings LLC finished product samples were negative for Salmonella. However, parsley powder, one of several ingredients supplied by Van de Vries Spice, tested positive for Salmonella.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Georgians who have purchased Rimmer® Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish — with the affected best by codes — should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Irvin also warns Georgians to the potential health risk of consuming certain Marie Callender Turtle Pies.

The products were inadvertently shipped prior to the company obtaining satisfactory microbial test results.

American Pie, LLC, Woodbury, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling 1,440 cases of its Marie Callender Turtle Pies with date codes 07(from military time 11:45 up to and including 16:00) 143. The recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure, no pathogens have been found in the product.

Consumption of this product has the potential to lead to gastrointestinal illness, nausea, or vomiting.

The pies are packaged in 28 ounce boxes with UPC code 12781 10280.

Georgians who have purchased Marie Callender Turtle Pies with the above date codes are urged to return them to the place of purchase.

Irvin also is advising consumers to check their refrigerators for potato salad sold by Kroger that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Kroger is voluntarily pulling its brand of Mustard or Southern-Style potato salad with a “Best If Used By” date of Sept. 5, 2007. The supermarket chain took the action after the Ohio State Department of Agriculture discovered the pathogenic strain of E. coli bacteria as part of their routine food safety sampling program.

Consumers should not eat the potato salad but should return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly strain of bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.

The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible.