F.D.A. issues import alert for cantaloupes
March 24, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has issued an import alert for the entry of cantaloupe from Honduran grower and packer Agropecuaria Montelibano because the company’s products appear to be associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield in the United States and Canada.
There have been 50 reports of illness in 16 different states along with 9 illnesses in Canada related to consumption of these cantaloupes. The affected states are Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
The F.D.A. has notified importers about the action and is advising U.S. grocers, food service operators and produce processors to remove any cantaloupes from this company from their stock. In addition, it is recommended consumers check any recently purchased cantaloupe to see if it came from Agropecuaria Montelibano, and if so the produce should be thrown away.