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March 24, 2011: Del Monte Recalls Cantaloupes Amid Salmonella Concerns

On March 22, 2011, Del Monte Fresh Produce announced a recall for 4,992 cartons its cantaloupes, because the melons may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella Panama.

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The recall came on the heels of a public health investigation that linked eating cantaloupe to a multistate Salmonella Panama outbreak.  To date 12 outbreak cases of Salmonella Panama infection have been confirmed.

 

The recalled Del Monte cantaloupes were sold at warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, between March 10 and March 21, 2011.  The cantaloupes were packaged 3 per plastic sleeve in cartons bearing the lot codes: 02-15-24-10, 02-15-25-10,   02-15-26-10 and 02-15-28-10, and were grown in Guatemala.  Consumers are warned not to eat the recalled cantaloupes. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, reports that as of March 22, 2011, 12 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Panama have been reported from Oregon (5 cases), Washington (4 cases), California (2 cases), and Maryland (1 case).  Reported dates of illness onset range from February 5, 2011 to February 23, 2011. 

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food, and the illness usually lasts 4-7 days.  To learn more, please see Salmonella Symptoms. 

 

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