Listeria, the food-borne bacteria that is of particular danger to pregnant women, is rearing its head again in a recall of cantaloupes grown in North Carolina and sold in 10 states, NBC News is reporting. Last summer and fall, a similar cantaloupe-related outbreak claimed 30 lives, sickened 146, and caused at least one miscarriage.
Burch Equipment LLC of Faison, N.C., is pulling 188,902 melons from store shelves in 10 states because of possible contamination that can cause illness and death, particularly in the very young, the very old, pregnant women and those with health problems....
The new recall of 13,888 cases of whole Athena variety cantaloupes follows a recall last week of 580 cases of the summer fruit.
Federal Food and Drug Administration officials and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture are conducting an ongoing inspection at Burch Farms. The FDA warned this week that consumers should not eat the summer melons, which carry a red Burch Farms label and the code PLU #4319.
The melons were shipped between July 15 and July 17 and distributed to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
No illnesses have yet been connected with Burch melons.
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