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Salmonella Fears Bring Watermelon Recall

Davis, CA-based Timco Worldwide Inc. is recalling a limited number of its Large Seedless Watermelons because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this occurrence.

The Large Seedless Watermelons included in this voluntary recall were distributed to select grocers, wholesalers and processors in California and Texas.

The Large Seedless Watermelons are marked with the “MelonUp!” label with the PLU (Price Look Up) # 4032 and UPC # 0 33383 40240 6.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing, by a distribution company, which revealed the presence of Salmonella on the outside rind of a melon randomly selected for testing.

Consumers who have purchased Large Seedless Watermelons in California or Texas are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-530-757-1000 press “4” for Food Safety. (Hours of business: Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM PST).

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Others infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Sometimes an infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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  • Melon Up! large seedless watermelons were just recalled in Canada, too. The Canadian recall notice indicated that the melons were a Product of Mexico. This information was lacking in the US recall notice.

  • Melon Up! large seedless watermelons were just recalled in Canada, too. The Canadian recall notice indicated that the melons were a Product of Mexico. This information was lacking in the US recall notice.