Spokane Produce Recalls Cut Cantaloupe Products Because of Possible Product Risk
Contact: Dan Petek
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Spokane, WA -- March 28, 2008 --- Spokane Produce, Inc. of Spokane, Washington is recalling Garden Patch, Yokes, and Rosauers Classic labels of various products of fresh cut and cut fruits containing cantaloupe, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which 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. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocaritis and arthritis.
Products recalled by Spokane Produce include the following items containing cut cantaloupe:
Cantaloupe Chunks and Pieces
Sizes: 5oz, 8oz., 11oz, 12oz.,16oz., 21oz, 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz. & 5 lb.
Sizes: 6oz., 8oz., 11oz., 12 oz., 16oz., 23.oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz.
Mixed Melon Cantaloupe-Honeydew
Sizes: 4oz., 5oz., 8oz., 11oz., 16oz., 22oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz.
Sizes: 5oz., 8oz., 11oz., 12oz., 16oz., 23oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz.
Fruit Medley with Strawberries
Sizes: 16oz., 24oz.
Mixed Melon and Fruit
Sizes: 6oz., 11oz., 16oz., 24oz.
Sizes: 40oz., 48oz., 75oz.
Products are packed in plastic cups or clamshells and distributed under the Garden Patch, Yokes, or Rosauers Classic labels. Products are coded with a “Best used by” dates up to and including 03/26/08.
The above products were distributed through retail stores in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming. Products are packed in plastic cups or clamshells and distributed under the Garden Patch, Yokes or Rosauers Classic labels.
No illnesses reported to date have been directly linked to the above-mentioned products.
The cantaloupe products were supplied from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, to Spokane Produce. This recall was initiated when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert regarding cantaloupe from this grower, because, based on current information, fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Customers with questions may contact Dan Petek of Spokane Produce at 509.710.8301.