As many as one-half million California-grown cantaloupes were recalled Thursday “out of an abundance of caution” by Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. Most have already been consumed without any illnesses being associated with them. But a single sample in a test by USDA’ Microbiological Data Program (MDP) did come back positive for Salmonella and that prompted recall of the cantaloupes that were widely distributed from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10. Most fresh fruit and vegetable tests in the last decade have been conducted by MDP, but no funding exists to continue the program when the next federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. Critics say its testing results too often come after fresh products are consumed. DFI said approximately 28,000 cartons of California cantaloupes are included in the recall. They are packed 6,9, 12, 15, or 18 per carton. The DFI brand cartons are stamped with “825 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE.” All were packed on Aug. 26. They were shipped beginning the next day to Mexico and the following 21 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. DFI also uses third-party laboratories to sample its products for foodborne pathogens prior to harvest, but the company’s samples all came back negative.

  • Ben

    I wonder why DFI is recalling 28,000 cartons of California cantaloupes. Weren’t the companies Burch and Chamberlain blamed by the California Growers not using their high standards and causing problems for the whole industry? As we see as a consumer, only the MPD testing works and can prevent us from some contaminated products. Most is consumed or distributed with any way to find it. It looks like the consumers are the deposit place for hazard waste products. But we make sure we wash our hands before we touch the contaminated food from fruit to cheese and more. After handling the contaminated shopping carts we have to make sure we don’t touch contaminated food on the kitchen counter without washing our hands in between!
    Why should our government spend a few millions a year to protect their own citizen from getting sick or die? The health industry has to live of something too.

  • Hector Chaparro

    How you ever tought that the contamination may have come from the store and not the farm, how many people touch the product prior to someone purchasing it, do they wash their hands, etc.
    MDP does not account for this it only blames the field, there are other fators here, warehaouses, trucks, distribution centers, etc.
    Also have you ever wondered that people didint get sick in the past its because they had body defenses not anymore everyone is to clean
    its not the growers fault always