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FDA warning: Salmonella in Cantaloupes

fdawarningcantaloupes.jpgThe FDA has just issued a warning about possible contamination of cantaloupes coming from Honduras, specifically from the company Agropecuaria Montelibano. Cantaloupes shipment of this company has been detained because they have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks in 16 states.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection contracted through food include:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • abdominal pain and cramps

However, there is no reason to abstain from eating this tasty and nutritious fruit.

To reduce infection risk, the FDA gives the following recommendations:

  • Buy only fresh, unbruised cantaloupes.
  • If buying freshly-cut cantaloupe, make sure it has been hygienically prepared and is kept refrigerated or in ice. Cantaloupe cuts and slices should not be left for more than two hours at room temperature
  • Cantaloupes should be refrigerated immediately after purchase. When transported outdoors, the fruit should be kept in ice or a cooler.
  • Cut away bruised or damaged parts of the fruit before eating it.
  • Before and after handling fresh fruits, wash hands with hot water and soap.
  • Before eating, whole cantaloupes should be cleaned and scrubbed with clean produce brush and cold tap water. The use soap or detergents is not advisable.
  • Use only clean utensils when cutting cantaloupes. Utensils and areas used in the preparation of raw meat or seafood should be first cleaned thoroughly before use with fresh produce.


FDA News, 22 March 2008

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