580 crates of cantaloupe from Burch Farms in North Carolina have been recalled due to possible listeria contamination. The company issued the recall today, noting that the affected cantaloupes had been shipped to Hannaford supermarkets in New York on July 15. Hannaford has removed the melons from shelves but warns customers that previously purchased products should be disposed of.
The particular products in question are marked with a red label and PLU code of 4319.
As many of you probably remember, the listeria outbreak last year (2011) was the deadliest of the decade. This outbreak was linked to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms of Holly, Colorado. 30 deaths and 146 illnesses across 28 states were reported by the end of the outbreak, as reported on December 8, 2011. In May of 2012 Jensen Farms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
So far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.
We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.