Imported cantaloupes from Honduras have been recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration because of salmonella contamination.
Department of Environmental Health officials are advising the public that this fruit has been removed from supermarket shelves. They are now asking the public to check and to discard immediately if found at home.
Symptoms of food-borne salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor health or weakened immune systems, the bacteria can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.
People who have recently eaten cantaloupe and experienced any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.
On Saturday US, FDA, issued an import alert regarding entry of cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because fruit from this company appeared to be associated with a salmonella outbreak in North America.
To date, the FDA has received reports of 50 illnesses in 16 states and nine illnesses in Canada, linked to cantaloupe consumption. No deaths are reported but 14 people have been hospitalized.
For further information on North American efforts, please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/ .
For information on local efforts, please contact DEH at 949-9969.