Cantaloupes Recalled Over Salmonella

Five Crowns Marketing of Brawley, California, is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes packed under the Majesty label due to a potential health risk over possible contamination of the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"">Salmonella pathogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. To date, no illnesses have been reported, and Five Crowns is working with FDA to inform consumers of this recall.

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 (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Consumers who may have eaten this product and who are experiencing these symptoms should consult their health care provider.

The recall comes after a lab analysis conducted by a consignee for a lot of cantaloupes packed by Five Crowns Marketing on November 4, 2009 resulted in a confirmed positive for Salmonella. All cantaloupes shipped from the same lot are involved in the recall.

Five Crowns Marketing traced back the entire lot of cantaloupes and is advising all customers who received the recalled cantaloupes; however, based on harvest and shipping dates from November 4 through November 13, 2009, it is believed that the cantaloupes have passed through the distribution chain. The cantaloupes in the identified lots were harvested and shipped to wholesalers, retailers, and food service operators in the states of Alabama, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Cantaloupes were packed in various sizes with and without individual label stickers. All cartons carry the label “Majesty” and are further identified with lot numbers 198 2 or 198 3, packed dates Nov 4, Nov 6, and Nov 10. Also, for those cantaloupes that do contain a stickered label, the label states “Majesty.”

Consumers who have recently bought cantaloupes should check with their place of purchase to determine if their fruit is affected by the recall. Wholesale, retail, and food service entities should contact Five Crowns Marketing at 1-760-344-1390 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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