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Recall of Llano and Nature's Partner Brand Cantaloupes
Release Date: November 21, 2006

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
Public Health Info

Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Subject:

Recall of Llano and Nature's Partner Brand Cantaloupes

Date:

11/20/2006; 10:20:03

Message #:

100283-11-20-2006-PHIN

Contact Inf  

Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3122x4560; Email: at2@njlincs.net

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Please review the following message from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS, concerning the recall of Rio Vista, Ltd's Llano and Nature's Partner brand cantaloupes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more serious illnesses. If individuals believe they may have experienced symptoms of illness after consuming this cantaloupe, FDA recommends that they seek medical advice.

Approximately, 62,640 cartons of cantaloupes were distributed nationwide in the U.S. and a small quantity went to Canada from October 31 to November 6, 2006. The cantaloupes were distributed for sale in bulk in cardboard cartons containing from 6 to 15 cantaloupes to a carton. The cantaloupes are straw-colored on the exterior, with orange flesh.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") on October 31 and November 10, 2006. The laboratory analysis revealed that a portion of the products contained Salmonella.

No action is being requested of local health agencies at this time, for this recall. If any requests for assistance are received from the FDA, the Food and Drug Safety Program will contact you.

Please click the weblink below for additional details. If you have questions concerning this information, please contact Alan Talarsky at 609-588-3123, or by e-mail at alan.talarsky@doh.state.nj.us.

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Please go to the following weblink for detailed information regarding this recall: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/riovista11_06.html






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