Cantaloupe Sold at Sams Clubs Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Another contaminated cantaloupe recall has been announced. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) repots that this cantaloupe recall involved cantaloupes produced by Eagle Produce, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona and involves a limited recall of certain cantaloupes shipped from Arizona to upstate New York in late May. The recall has been initiated over concerns the fruit was potentially contaminated with the dangerous <"">Salmonella pathogen.

Although no illnesses have been reported, it can take some time for symptoms to manifest after consumption of a Salmonella-contaminated product.

Eagle Produce has recalled the potentially affected shipments, which were sold at Sam’s Club between June 2 and June 17, 2011; Sam’s Club has withdrawn all cantaloupes from the Clubs and sent a notification to its members who purchased these melons from Clubs served by the Johnstown, New York and Pottsville, Pennsylvania distribution centers.

The recall involves about 1760 cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 9 melons, for sale in bulk, in brown cardboard cartons each with the Kandy logo in white with the word ”Cantaloupes” in white lettering on a red background. The cartons bear lot code 147 count 9 on the carton’s side. Each melon bears a Kandy sticker with the words “Cantaloupe USA.”

The recall is a result of a routine and random test directed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was carried out by the New York Department of Agriculture. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the impacted cantaloupes.

Consumers who believe that they are in possession of uneaten cantaloupes affected by this recall may contact Eagle Produce at 1.480.323.6177, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

In March, we wrote that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a multi-state Salmonella poisoning outbreak that was linked to tainted cantaloupe which sickened 13 people in Oregon, Washington State, California, Colorado, and Maryland. Three people required hospitalization in that outbreak, which was linked to the Salmonella Panama strain.

In that case, Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled nearly 5,000 cartons of cantaloupe over concerns about Salmonella contamination. The recalled melons were distributed from a Del Monte’s farms in Asuncion Mita, Guatemala, via wholesale warehouse Costco clubs in even western states and sold March 10-21.

The CDC notes that people suffering from Salmonella poisoning—known as salmonellosis—usually experience symptoms beginning 12 to 72 hours after becoming contaminated. Symptoms may include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea and usually last 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without antibiotic treatment; however, diarrhea can be very severe, and hospitalization may be required.

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