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Aldi’s and Meijer Cantaloupe Recall Issued Due to Salmonella

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Cantaloupes sent to several Aldi’s and Meijer’s stores in the Midwest have been recalled due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, which can lead to potentially serious cases of food poisoning.

The Aldi’s and Meijer cantaloupe recall was announced after FDA investigators found signs of contamination at Melon Acres field where the cantaloupes were grown. The cantaloupes were shipped to an Aldi’s in Greenwood, Indiana, and Meijer stores in Tipp City, Ohio, as well as Lansing and Newport, Michigan.

Although there have been no reported illnesses to date from the contaminated fruit, salmonella is a type of bacteria that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing mild to severe food poisoning infections.

For most healthy adults the salmonella infection symptoms typically resolve after a few days or weeks, but young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of suffering severe food poisoning after ingesting the bacteria. If not properly treated, some cases of salmonella food poisoning can lead to hospitalization, dehydration or death.

The recalled cantaloupes have been identified as lot 41 MG 10, bin numbers 4753-4960. They were shipped on August 13 and August 14, 2009. Melon Acres has halted melon shipments from the field where the cantaloupes were grown until the source of the contamination has been identified.

The FDA stated in its recall notice that a third-party food safety auditing firm called Primus Labs had inspected Melon Acres’ fields and facilities for food safety practices on August 7. The firm gave Melon Acres’ fields and facilities grades of excellent and good, respectively.

This is at least the second cantaloupe recall this year. In May, a produce supplier for Wal-Mart had to recall an entire lot from Wal-Mart Supercenter Stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Those cantaloupes were also recalled due to the potential for salmonella poisoning.

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7 comments

  1. Nancy Reply

    I purchased a cantelope at the Rosemount Mn. store last week. Should I be concerned about salmonella poisoning There wasn’t any tag or number on my cantelope. I think I’ll just toss it. When is it safe to buy another?

  2. L Reply

    I purchased 2 cantelopes at the Aldi store in Rockledge, Fl on Sept. 6th. One was firm and my family eat it. The second one was soft in side. I was the only one to eat a piece which prompted me to throw it out due to the taste. On the 7th I became very ill with severe stomach cramps. I have been ill since then and continue to get sicker. I had to seek medical treatment and I am still sick. A bio of my stomach has been taken, I am waiting for the results. Could a batch of the bad fruit reached FL Aldi stores through internal or secondary shipping?

  3. Cal Reply

    I purchased a cantaloupe approx one week ago at the ALDII store
    in Rice Lake, WI.
    The tag says “Golden Treat Brand” from Pappas Family Farms.
    California Grown

    Is this safe? After allowing to ripen I cut it up last nite and refrig’d it.

  4. Bessie Reply

    I purchased two cantaloupe september 29 at ALDI store in Yorkville NY store, one has a sticker that say’s DEl Monte.what should i do ?Are they good or not ? Bessie M Lawler

  5. j Reply

    When in doubt, throw it out!

  6. maryann Reply

    i purchased the cantaloupe from Kroger store on Friday the 10th and washed it in soapy water then rinse it under running water and patted it dry before cutting it up. i ate some on saturday and had no ill effects at all. … the label reads golden treat brand from pappas family farms
    #4050 ups code # 5119500299 mary ann

  7. Theresa Reply

    I just bought 2 down here in the Tulsa OK store and this morning I had an attack that per near did me in. Was online checking to see if there was a problem with me and found the recall. I dont know if our stores fruit was effected but boy what a moment I had. I had no lables on either of mine so I have No clue where they come from.

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