Heeren Brothers Cantaloupe Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Heeren Brothers Produce recalls approximately 5,400 Cantaloupes due to Listeria monocytogenes hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/nHvIp

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm364129.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Cantaloupes are subject to this recall:

  • The Cantaloupes are Athena Cantaloupes, but have no stickers or other markings that identify them as such.

According to the FDA, the produce, which was distributed to small, independent grocers in Michigan from July 23 to July 26, has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and should be discarded and not consumed.

About Listeria Poisoning:
Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that cause Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning), most often produce a gastrointestinal illness that can be quite serious or even fatal. Listeriosis in pregnancy, for example, may cause a miscarriage or fetal death. In other cases, people can develop Septicemia (a serious blood infection) or Meningitis (an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges).

If you suspect your food is contaminated, do not eat it. Contact the retailer for a refund or replacement. Wash your hands, contaminated preparation surfaces, cutlery and serving dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and dry. Contact your MD immediately if you experience Listeriosis symptoms.

You can learn about Listeriosis from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/IScAKJ


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