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Three More Salmonella Cantaloupe Recalls

Apr 8, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP The Salmonella cantaloupe scare is still not over.  Three more cantaloupe recalls have been added to the growing list of recent cantaloupe recalls.  JARD Marketing of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Taylor Fresh Foods, of Salinas, California; and Fresh Express Foods Corporation, Inc. of Medford Oregon are all recalling selected fruit products containing cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano due to potential Salmonella contamination. Also, those who recently bought whole cantaloupes from  Honduran grower and packer—Agropecuaria Montelibano—are urged to immediately dispose of these products.

On March 26, 2008, supplier T. M. Kovacevich International Inc., requested JARD marketing recall all products produced with cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano.  JARD products are packed in plastic pails or jars and retail products are packed in plastic cups and trays; the recall affects all packs and sizes.  Recalled products were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  JARD products include the following brands:  Pebble Beach, Festival Of Fruit, Cornucopia Sweet, Jambo Chef, Fowler Fruit Mix, Instantwhip, Syracuse Banana, and City Line Food Dist.  The pails involved contain specific coded information:  Expiration date information from "Exp Apr 7, 2008" to "Exp Apr 22, 2008 or a Julian Code of "08067" to "08082."  Plastic jars under are coded with an expiration date of "Exp Apr 22, 2008" to "May 7, 2008" or with a Julian Code of "08067" to "08082."  JARD retail products containing cantaloupe packed in plastic cups and trays include these brands:  Frosty Fresh, Fresh Hand Cut, Fruit On The Go, Highland Park, Bruegger’s Bagels, Sid Wainer & Son, Hannaford Brothers, and Garden Highway Plant # P-005.  Plastic cups and trays under this recall are coded with a sell by date of  "3/29/08" or earlier.

Taylor Fresh Foods of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling selected fresh cut fruit products which may contain cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano and began recovering this product on March 22.  The Taylor Fresh product recall includes cut cantaloupe and mixed cut fruit in bowls and trays of all sizes distributed by Taylor.  Retail and convenience store products were removed from sale in late March; foodservice distributors, who sell their own brand, have been notified.  Labels include:  Taylor Farms Gourmet Fruit Tray featuring Creamy Yogurt Dip, Taylor Fresh Melon Mix, Taylor Fresh Fruit Mix, Fresh Fruit Tray with Creamy Strawberry Dip.  All Best if Used By Dates before March 30, 2008 are affected; subsequent dates are not.

Fresh Express Foods Corporation, Inc. of Medford Oregon is voluntarily recalling cut cubed processed cantaloupe received from C.H. Robinson and supplied by Agropecuaria Montelibano.  The recalled cantaloupe was distributed to two local restaurants, one hospital, and one retirement center in Medford; one restaurant in Klamath Falls; and one grocery store—Price Less "Deli Department"—in Cave Junction.  All have been contacted. 
Fresh Express Foods has received product from a new source and will continue to supply its customers.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, causing diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of infection.  The illness lasts a week and most recover without treatment; however, in some, hospitalization is required.  Severe cases can result in arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis and even death.

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