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Eastern Seaboard States Affected by Cantaloupe Recall

In a nutshell: The Honduran grower and packer has perpetuated another recall from another fruit distributor in the United States. Is the Agropecuaria Montelibano the only cantaloupe game in the country? When will cantaloupe be safe again?

March 25, 2008 — T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA is recalling cantaloupes which it purchased from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from this company has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which 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 (sometimes bloody), 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled product was distributed to wholesalers and processors in Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey, and may have reached consumers through grocery stores, restaurants, or other similar channels.  Whole cantaloupe fruits subject to this recall carry a Mike Melons sticker or may be unlabeled because this sticker has fallen off.  Whole cantaloupe fruits subject to this recall were sold in boxes marked with the following text: Cantaloupe, Mike’s Melons, Produce of Honduras, Grown, Packed and Shipped by Agropecuaria Montelibano, San Lorenzo, Valle, Honduras.

We are unaware to date of any illnesses that may be associated with any cantaloupes sold by our company.

This recall has been initiated based on the FDA’s determination, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from the referenced grower/packer appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Consumers who have recently bought whole cantaloupes from this specific grower and packer should destroy these products immediately.  Consumers with questions may contact George Manos of T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. at  (215) 336-3160.

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