In late March, the FDA announced a nationwide recall of cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower in Honduras. The product was distributed nationwide and in Canada. Based on current information, the cantaloupe grown, packed and shipped from the grower, Agropecuaria Montelibano, appears to be associated with a salmonella outbreak in the United States and Canada.
In persons with poor health or weakened immune systems, salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections. Symptoms of food-borne 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 advised consumers who have recently bought cantaloupes to check with the place of purchase to determine if the fruit came from the identified grower. If so, consumers should throw away the cantaloupes.