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Friday, April 4, 2008

Taylor Fresh Foods Recalls Cut Fruit Product

Taylor Fresh Foods Issues Voluntary Recall on Cut Fruit Product with Honduran Cantaloupes Due to Potential Health Risk

Taylor Fresh Foods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Salinas, California – April 3, 2008 --- Taylor Fresh Foods, of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling selected fresh cut fruit products which may contain cantaloupe from the Honduran grower Agropecuaria Montelibano identified by FDA to have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, Taylor Fresh Foods had previously begun to recover this product on March 22, based on a notice published by the U.S. FDA.

The products being recalled include cut cantaloupe and mix cut fruit in bowls and trays of all sizes distributed by Taylor Fresh Foods. Retail and convenience store products involved were removed from sale prior to Monday, March 24. Foodservice distributors, who sell their own brand, have been notified.

Labels include the following: Taylor Farms Gourmet Fruit Tray featuring Creamy Yogurt Dip, Taylor Fresh Melon Mix, Taylor Fresh Fruit Mix, Fresh Fruit Tray with Creamy Strawberry Dip, with Best if Used By Dates before March 30, 2008. Any dates after this are not affected.

Salmonella 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), endocarditis and arthritis.

We are unaware to date of any illnesses that may be associated with any products containing cantaloupe, sold by Taylor Fresh Foods, or its distributors.

Consumers and customers who have this product should not consume this product and dispose of this product. Consumers with questions may contact Taylor Fresh Foods at (831) 754-0471.

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