Salmonella prompts cantaloupe recall

September 14, 2012

Cantaloupe samples from a Fresno-based company have been found to be contaminated with salmonella and a 21 state recall has been initiated, according to DFI Marketing Inc.

On Thursday, DFI Marketing Inc. said the U.S. Department of Agriculture found salmonella in a single sample of cantaloupe. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this batch of cantaloupe.

DFI Marketing Inc. distributed the fruit in California, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia through retailers.

DFI Marketing Inc. voluntarily recalled 28,000 cartons of cantaloupe containing between six to 18 fruits each. The cantaloupes are packed in a DFI brand carton and “826 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE” is stamped in black on the carton.

An earlier outbreak of Salmonella from contaminated cantaloupe resulted in 101 individuals being hospitalized and three reported deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.