Sunday, March 23, 2008
FDA Warns of Cantaloupes Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
FDA detains Honduran producer's cantaloupes
The Food and Drug Administration warned that cantaloupes from a Honduran producer may be tainted with salmonella and it detained all shipments of cantaloupes by the company.
The agency also advised stores to pull from their shelves any stock of the cantaloupes produced by the company, Agropecuaria Montelibano. And it urged consumers to check with stores about the origin of any cantaloupes they might have recently purchased and to throw away any that came from the company.
As of the Saturday announcement, the FDA had received reports of 50 people becoming sick in 16 states and nine in Canada linked to eating cantaloupes. Fourteen people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported, the FDA said.
Food-borne salmonella infection can cause nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps, the agency said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put out an alert for consumers in the U.S. on Saturday. They have stated that people should throw away all cantaloupes from a Honduran manufacturer named Agopecuaria Montelibano.
They have been working very closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try and pinpoint the origin of the latest salmonella outbreak, and they believe they have found the source in cantaloupes.
The FDA has also stated that all grocery stores must remove the cantaloupes from their stock immediately.
They are also trying to intercept any cantaloupes which are being shipped to the United States from that particular manufacturer.
They believe that the cantaloupes may be to blame for the recent outbreak of salmonella.
The widespread salmonella outbreak has now stretched across 16 states, as well as into Canada. The states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Georgia, New York, Washington, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, and Utah.
There have been over 50 people who have become sick thus far.