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Del Monte recalls Detroit-area cantaloupes due to Salmonella tests

by Joan Murphy | October 24, 2010
Del Monte Fresh Produce is recalling cantaloupes distributed in the Detroit area after Michigan inspectors found that one melon tested positive for Salmonella in a Michigan warehouse.

Some 81 cartons of cantaloupes distributed to wholesalers in Detroit were recalled Oct. 21 as a result of tests by the Michigan Department of Agriculture as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Microbiological Data Program.

"One box of fruit was purchased by the Michigan Department of Agriculture at the Detroit market," Dionysios Christou, Del Monte's vice president of marketing, said in an e-mail. The fruit was tested Oct. 12, and one melon was positive, he said.

The recalled cartons of cantaloupes are dark brown cardboard with the "Del Monte" logo in red lettering and "cantaloupes" in yellow lettering on a green background. The cantaloupes have the lot codes W-11-147-43-size 15 or W-11-14-19 size 15, the company said.

"We are conducting an internal investigation to determine the possible source of contamination, and appropriate actions to minimize the chances of future occurrences," Mr. Christou said.