Fresh-cut cantaloupe recalled

09/26/2011 10:18:00 AM
Andy Nelson

A Kansas City, Kan.-based fresh-cut specialist recalled cantaloupe from a Colorado shipper over fears of listeria contamination.

Carol’s Cuts LLC, a division of distributor Liberty Fruit Co., recalled 594 pounds of fresh-cut cantaloupe packed in 5-pound trays as chunks and as an ingredient in 8-ounce fruit medleys, said Scott Danner, the company's chief operating officer.

Packs that could be contaminated with listeria were shipped to customers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska on Aug. 26 and Sept. 12. Affected product has best-if-used-by dates of Sept. 3 and Sept. 19.

By Sept. 19, all affected product had been accounted for by Carol's Cuts and its customers, Danner said. Tests of the Carol's Cuts facility turned up no traces of listeria, he said.

Granada, Colo.-based Jensen Farms is the source of the contaminated fruit. Jensen Farms issued a voluntary recall of its cantaloupes Sept. 14.

As of Sept. 22, 55 people had been sickened and 8 had died as a result of eating contaminated cantaloupes from Jensen Farms.

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