Nationwide Cantaloupe Recall Hits Grocery Stores
If you purchased fresh cantaloupe lately, then you need to be aware of this recall on certain fruit. We’ll show you what to look for and what to do if you have this fruit in your kitchen.
Sofia Produce, sold under the name TruFresh, is recalling all sizes of fresh cantaloupes packaged in cardboard containers labeled with the “Malichita” label.
This only applies to fruit sold under the following sales order numbers between October 16, 2023, and October 23, 2023, because they could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. We have included the full list in this post.
Cantaloupes are packaged in cardboard containers bearing the “Malichita” Label. Below, see the sticker found on the individual cantaloupes in this recall.
The PLU sticker has a white top half with the word “Malichita” written in black script letters. The bottom of the PLU sticker is black and has the number “4050” prominently displayed in white letters together with the words “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique”.
This label will help to identify individual Malichita cantaloupes included in this recall.
What is a Recall?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States are the departments responsible for investigating potential problems with food safety. Of course, from their investigations, they may issue warnings to the public. In other words, a Recall by the FDA or CDC means that the product in question is not safe for the specified reason. Additionally, guidelines and instructions are given for each recall, based on the specific threat. For example, they may warn that consumers should not consume the product. Or, they may suggest that the company responsible is willing to refund the purchase price.
Why is There a Recall
This recall on Trufresh fresh cantaloupe is because the fresh cantaloupe could be contaminated with Salmonella.
Where Was the Recalled Product Sold?
The Cantaloupes were distributed directly to the following States in the United States: Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and Canada. The Cantaloupes would have reached consumers through retail produce markets which could be located in states other than those listed above.
What Should You Do?
- Check to see if you have recalled products
- Do not consume, serve, use, sell, or distribute recalled products
- Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased
- Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the recalled product are advised to contact their retailer.
- If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your healthcare provider
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the fresh cantaloupes in this recall.
Salmonella is an organism that 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, 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, endocarditis, and arthritis.
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Source: US Food and Drug Administration