The story broke on March 22nd, when FDA issued an import alert to its field officers and to importers and distributors of cantaloupes. The alert followed an investigation that implicated Honduran cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano in an international outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield illnesses. According to the CDC, 50 people in the United States and 9 in Canada were victims of the contaminated cantaloupes.
Here is a list of the cantaloupe recall notices issued so far in the United States.
- Charlie's Produce Spokane Recalls Cut Cantaloupe Products Because of Possible Health Risk
- Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Honduran Cantaloupes grown by Agropecuaria Montelibano, San Lorenzo Valle, Honduras
- T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. Recalls Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risk
- Tropifresh, Inc. Recalls Whole Cantaloupe Products Because of Possible Health Risk
- Bounty Fresh, LLC. Recalls Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risk
- Simply Fresh Fruit Announces Nationwide Recall of Some Fresh Cut Fruit Products Containing Cantaloupe Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
- Chiquita Brands International, Inc. Recalls Whole Cantaloupes Grown by Agropecuaria Montelibano, Honduras, Due to Possible Health Risk
- Cantaloupes From Agropecuaria Montelibano May Be Contaminated With Salmonella Bacteria
- SUN RICH brand and A&P brand cut cantaloupe products may contain Salmonella bacteria
- Cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria
One of the reasons for the large number of separate recall notices is that the cantaloupes are distributed through a variety of networks. Some find their way to stores as whole melons, while others are processed into fresh fruit salads for food service operations and restaurants. It takes time for the news to filter through the distribution chain. Until an end has been declared to this outbreak and series of recalls, it would be a good idea to avoid any cantaloupe that is not clearly labeled with its country of origin.