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Mar 22, 2008 09:40 AM

FDA Cantaloupe Warning

The FDA has issued a warning regarding eating cantaloupe from a certain South American company. People from 16 states and Canada have become ill and some have been hospitalized after eating the melons. Here's the link to the Boston Globe article which names the company and the warning:

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  1. thanks, gio. had not heard!

    1. anyone hear any more? i see cantaloupes are on sale at my local giant... should i?

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      1. re: alkapal

        That article does site some guidlines for buying and preparing cantaloupe. The Honduran company is mentioned. I wish more information would be forthcoming with these advisories regarding specific lots, etc.

        Unfortunately I cannot eat cantaloupe, much as I like it. I get that scary tickle in my throat and itchy rashes.

        1. re: Gio

          hmmm. better to avoid it! do other melons affect you similarly, gio?

          btw, i used to have a kitty cat that LOVED, loved, loved (did i say loved) cantaloupe -- even to the point of chewing not only the flesh but gnawing on the rind! cat also liked garbanzos and spaghetti sauce. i miss her!

          1. re: alkapal

            We had a wonderful cat who would not eat any people food whatsoever except Vivoli's (Berkeley, CA gelateria) canteloupe ice cream. No canteloupe, though.

      2. Thank you, GIO. Living in South America, I must mention that the contaminated canteloupes come from Honduras in Central America. Does make me wonder about our canteloupes, however.

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Sam: It's curious how many food stuffs imported by the U.S. and yes, even here in the states, have to be recalled these days. I suppose it's because of more reporting by many agencies.

          Alkapal: It's only cantaloupe that causes such a reaction. Strange, hmmmm?

        2. I remember learning in a food safety class that in salad bars, the culprit for salmonella lies more in the cut melons than in the other items, like tuna or egg salad. For as long as I have remembered, I have always thoroughly cleaned the outside of all melons (and fruit, for that matter) before cutting into them. Perhaps this is a practice of my parents, who came from Taiwan and there, they don't trust the skins on any fruit (my aunt peels her grapes!).

          Like Gio, however, I am also allergie to canteloupe, so I don't eat it, but my husband loves melon, so I do get it for him.

          1. Thanks for the heads-up.

            The local supermarket has cantaloupes on sale. I'll check the sticker to see where the melon originated.

            The articles implies it's surface contamination versus being in the melon itself.