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Canada Warns Public About Mexican Melons

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) warned the public over the weekend not to consume Large Seedless Watermelons sold under the Melon Up brand because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

An importer, Freshpoint Vancouver Ltd., Vancouver, BC,  recalled the affected product from the marketplace on Nov. 27th. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The Large Seedless Watermelons involved in the recall and alert are include Melon Up! brand watermelons with a PLU number of 4032.  The melons are labeled “Product of Mexico” and have a UPC number of 0 33383 40240 6.

This product has been distributed in British Columbia.

No illnesses have been associated with this recall.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

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