The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of approximately 60,000 cantaloupes due to potential contamination with salmonella Panama, a dangerous bacteria that can result in serious and potentially fatal infections in young, elderly, or sickly people. The recalled cantaloupe was produced by Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A. and sold in Costco stores throughout the following states:
The cantaloupes were sold between March 10th and March 21st in cartons containing four plastic beige mesh sleeves. Each sleeve contained three cantaloupes and was sealed with a plastic orange handle adorned with the Del Monte logo. The lot numbers of the recalled cantaloupes are:
Unlike several other recent food recalls which were prompted by routine product testing, this cantaloupe recall was initiated after 12 reported cases of salmonella Panama were linked to the product.
You can return the recalled cantaloupes to your local Costco for a refund. If you or your loved ones experience any salmonella symptoms, contact your physician immediately.
If you have developed salmonella from eating one of these contaminated cantaloupes, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. An experienced product liability lawyer can advise you as to the best way to proceed.