Widespread Cantaloupe Recall Due to Salmonella Concerns

A widespread voluntary recall of nearly 6,500 cases of whole cantaloupes has been issued due to potential Salmonella contamination, as announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this Thursday. The affected cantaloupes were sold under the brand name Kandy, distributed by Scottsdale, AZ-based company, Eagle Produce LLC.

The potential contamination threat is significant; Salmonella bacteria can trigger serious or even fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems. Thus, consumers are urged to immediately dispose of any recalled cantaloupes, avoiding consumption.

The company’s announcement disclosed that the suspected cantaloupes were distributed between September 5 and September 16, reaching various retail supermarkets across 19 states and Washington D.C. All recalled cantaloupes have a universal product code of 4050, alongside one of these lot codes: 797901, 797900, or 804918. No other products or lot codes are implicated in this recall.

Despite the voluntary recall initiated on Wednesday, there have been no reported illnesses or adverse health effects linked to this issue so far. The contamination suspicion arose from FDA testing conducted on cantaloupes at a distribution center, although the exact source of contamination remains unclear.

Customers who’ve purchased any affected Kandy cantaloupes are advised not to consume them. For further information or concerns, they can reach Eagle Produce LLC at 1-800-627-8674 during regular business hours. Additionally, anyone suspecting a related illness should consult a healthcare provider promptly.

Highlight: Risks of Bacterial Contamination in Fruits

It’s a common misconception that Salmonella concerns primarily pertain to raw poultry, while fruits also stand as significant outbreak drivers. A 2019 study highlighted that fruit was the source in about 13% of Salmonella outbreaks, trailing slightly behind chicken at 17%.

Other harmful bacteria like E.coli and Listeria can also reside in fruits, often introduced through contact with contaminated soil, water, or handling personnel.

Recent Salmonella outbreaks linked to fruits like cantaloupes, pre-cut melons, and peaches underscore the risks. These outbreaks led to hundreds of infections and numerous hospitalizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximates 1.35 million Salmonella infections annually, resulting in 26,500 hospitalizations and around 420 fatalities. While most infected individuals experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, severe cases, especially in those with weakened immune systems, necessitate antibiotic treatment. Untreated severe infections can escalate, spreading to the bloodstream or other organs, posing life-threatening risks.

Prevention Tips

Ensuring the safety of produce can be challenging, but some steps can mitigate risks. Cooking produce is the safest measure, while thorough washing serves as a secondary precaution. The CDC advises washing all fruits and vegetables under running water, even if the peel will be discarded, to prevent internal contamination upon cutting.


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