Richmond, VA—Consumers are warned of a recall on "Caribbean Gold" variety cantaloupes, distributed by a firm in North Carolina and sold in 11 states, including Virginia.
The cantaloupes, distributed by Burch Equipment LLC, were voluntarily recalled, after reports that they were potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There are 188,902 whole melons included in the recall.
The melons were shipped between July 15 and July 27, in both corrugated boxes and in bulk bins. They can be identified by a red label, reading "Burch Farms PLU# 4319." Some of the cantaloupes may also be labeled with a "Cottle Strawberry, Inc." sticker referencing PLU #4319, however Cottle Farms is not involved in the recall.
The recall was enacted after a random sample of Caribbean Gold variety cantaloupes from Burch Equipment LLC tested positive for Listeria. The recall was expanded after an FDA inspection revealed unsanitary conditions at the facility's cantaloupe packing shed.
The FDA warns consumers of the dangers of Listeria: "Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women." There have been no illnesses reported to date.
Consumers should forward questions or comments about the recall to Burch Equipment LLC at 910-267-5781 Monday through Friday, (9:00am to 4:00pm), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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