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Cantaloupes, Cut Fruit Recalled From Major Stores

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Oct. 6, 2020 -- Check your fridge: Sliced and cut cantaloupe sold at Meijer stores across the Midwest have been recalled over salmonella fears. The recall comes days after Country Fresh recalled containers of pre-cut fruit sold in Walmart stores nine states because they may be contaminated with listeria.

The Country Fresh recall includes pre-sliced apples, mangoes, pineapples, grapes, and cantaloupe sold at Walmart locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Meijer stores in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin have pulled Eagle Produce cantaloupes.

The FDA says the cantaloupe in question features a sticker label for Kandy Brand from Eagle Produce. If there is no sticker, the FDA says to assume it is part of the recall. Cut cantaloupe under the recall may also be included in other products, like cut mixed fruit bowls. 

The FDA says the Walmart cut fruit possibly contaminated with listeria was packaged in various containers, with “best if used by” dates between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11. For the full list of recalled products, click here.

There are no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick from the fruit, but anyone who is worried about a possible illness should call a doctor. Anyone who bought the fruit should throw it away or return it for a refund.

The CDC says Listeria monocytogenes can lead to a serious and sometimes deadly infection called listeriosis and is most likely to sicken pregnant women, newborns, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

If you have questions, call Country Fresh at 877-251-8300 or Meijer at 800-543-3704.

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Sources

FDA: “Country Fresh Expands Voluntary Recall,” “Meijer Recalls Whole Cantaloupes and Select Cut Cantaloupe Trays Due to Potential Health Risk.”

CDC: “Listeria.”

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