Burch Farms of North Carolina is expanding it’s initial cantaloupe recall of July 2012 to include thousands of additional cantaloupes.
The company just announced that it is officially recalling 13888 cases of whole Athena variety cantaloupes (there are 9 cantaloupes in each case) and 581 bins (each bin contains 110 cantaloupes) over concerns that the products may be contaminated with Listeria. In total, an additional 188,902 cantaloupes have been recalled today.
The cantaloupes were distributed to retail stores throughout the United States including FL, GA, IL, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC and VA. They can be identified by a red label reading Burch Farms with the PLU number 4319.
While there have been no illnesses associated with this recall, the United States did experience the worst food borne illness outbreak of the decade last year after cantaloupes contaminated with Listeria infected 146 individuals and killed over 30 in the US. That particular recall was issued by Jensen Farms of Holly, Colorado.
The current recall has many consumer concerned that there might be a repeat of last year’s outbreak.
Well continue to keep you posted as this recall develops…
Original Press Release: FDA.gov