The FDA issued an alert regarding cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because fruit from this company has been associated with a salmonella outbreak.
The agency suggests that consumers who have bought cantaloupes check with the place of purchase to find out if the fruit came from Agropecuaria Montelibano. If so, consumers should throw away the cantaloupes.
According to the press release, the FDA has received reports of 50 illnesses in 16 states, and nine in Canada, that are linked to the cantaloupes in question.
Symptoms of foodborne salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Individuals who have recently eaten cantaloupe and experienced any of these symptoms should contact their health-care professional.
The FDA recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce the risk of contracting salmonella or other foodborne illnesses from cantaloupes:
For more information on produce safety, please visit the FDA's page on safe handling of raw produce.
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