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DFI-Brand Cantaloupes Recalled for Salmonella

A California-based company is recalling 28,000 cartons of cantaloupes after one sample tested positive for salmonella.

UPDATE: How to identify individual recalled cantaloupes added, along with physical symptoms of salmonella poisoning.

A Fresno cantaloupe producer has voluntarily recalled its melons after federal food testers found salmonella on one sample inside a wholesale distribution center.

The recalled cantaloupes are packed in cartons that say "DFI." Individual cantaloupes are affixed with a small sticker that states “DFI, Huron, CA," said the California Department of Public Health Thursday afternoon.

No illnesses have been reported, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the FDA, symptoms of salmonella poisoning include:

  • fever
  • diarrhea (which may be bloody)
  • nausea
  • vomit
  • abdominal pain

The recalled cantaloupes were packed August 26, 2012, the FDA said. The cantaloupes may have been distributed from August 27 to September 10, 2012 to 21 states including California, as well as Mexico.

DFI routinely sends its products to be tested, and their internal sampling of cartons involved in the recall have turned out negative, said the FDA.

The FDA said because cantaloupes are perishable, most of the affected melons are no longer being sold.

Anyone who has one of these melons should discard it or return it to the store. You can also contact DFI 24 hours a day at 1-559-449-0244.

EJ September 13, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The article notes that the affected product should be discarded or returned to the store. But it does not reflect what stores the melons were sold from, how to identify an individual melon (only the carton description), or what the signs of the illness are. Clearly not enough information for the consumer.
Peter Schelden (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Thanks for your questions EJ. According to the FDA, "Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain." No information about what stores were sold the recalled melons was released, nor what to look for on individual melons. Only carton-specific information was made available to identify the recalled cantaloupes.
Peter Schelden (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The California Department of Public Health just released new information about how to identify recalled cantaloupes individually. Please check the story for more info.

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