DFI Marketing Inc. of California said it is voluntarily recalling 28,000 cartons of cantaloupe as it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
According to the company, salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing at a wholesale produce distribution center.
The suspected cantaloupes include about 28,000 cartons of bulk-packed product. The cantaloupes are packed in 6, 9, 12, 15, or 18 cantaloupes per carton and were packed on August 26, 2012. All cantaloupes are packed in a DFI brand carton and the following is stamped in black on the carton "826 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE."
The cantaloupes may have been distributed from August 27 to September 10, 2012 primarily to retail customers across Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico.
The company believes that due to the perishable nature of cantaloupe, the majority of the recalled product is no longer in commerce. No illnesses have been reported until date.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
by RTT Staff Writer
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