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.