Health Officials: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupe Sold in Colorado


Colorado health officials say one confirmed illness in the state has been linked to tainted cantaloupe.

Back in March the FDA sent out a warning that cantaloupe sold in Colorado may be linked to a salmonella outbreak, now they have confirmed it.

The recalled melons may have been sold in different ways. They are listed below:

Simply Fresh Fruit - Simply Fresh Fruit brand food service Fruit Mix in Syrup, products dated “sell by 4 18 08” or earlier; food service Cantaloupe Chunks in Syrup, products dated “sell by 4 8 08” or earlier; and retail and club store Simply Fresh, Fresh Cut Fruit Brand containing cantaloupe dated “sell by 3 29 08”or earlier. Food service distributors that sell their own brand have been notified and are recalling the products involved. Food service products are packed in plastic pails or jars; retail products are packed in plastic trays.

Dole Fresh Fruit Company - Honduran cantaloupes. The cantaloupes were distributed in cardboard cartons with the brand "Dole" and "PRODUCE OF HONDURAS" printed on each of the side panels of the carton.

Bounty Fresh, LLC - Cantaloupes are packed three melons in a sleeve under the brand name “Chestnut Hill Farms,” and one melon per sleeve under the brand name “Perfect Melon.” Individual melons are not labeled, but sleeves contain tags that say either “Perfect Melon” or “Chestnut Hill Farms.” Whole cantaloupes were sold in boxes marked with “Cantaloupe,” “Chestnut Hill Farms” (3 count) or “Perfect Melon” (one count), “PRODUCE OF HONDURAS, Grown, Packed and Shipped by Agropecuaria Montelibano, San Lorenzo, Valle, Honduras.” All boxes also contain the Chestnut Hill Farms logo.

Chiquita Brands, International, Inc. and Central American Produce - Cantaloupes were distributed in cardboard cartons with the brands "Mike's Melons," "Mayan Pride" and "Chiquita" all showing "PRODUCE OF HONDURAS" printed on each of the side panels of the carton. The address of the shipper that appears on one end panel of the carton says, “Grown, Packed and Shipped by Agropecuaria Montelibano, San Lorenzo, Valle, Honduras.”

Other distributors conducting recalls, although Colorado distribution was not verified, include T.M. Kovacevich Inc., Tropifresh Inc., Spokane Produce Inc., and Charlie’s Produce.


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