Freshpoint Vancouver Ltd. is recalling Del Monte and Sysco Imperial Fresh brand cantaloupes because of possible Salmonella contamination. Fresh cantaloupe with juicy chunks ready to be eaten Consumers should not consume and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should not sell, serve or use the recalled melons, according to the Feb. 18 recall notice on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. “Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Consumers who are unsure if they have the affected cantaloupes are advised to check with their retailer,” according to the notice. This recall was triggered by CFIA test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. Salmonella is particularly dangerous for young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems who may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis, according to CFIA. The recalled cantaloupe can be identified as follows:

  • Del Monte brand cantaloupe sold individually through Feb. 18, PLU code 4050;
  • Del Monte brand cantaloupe sold in 12-count cases, Lot 360012, no UPC number; and
  • Sysco Imperial Fresh brand cantaloupe sold in 3-count packs, Lot 127 12 035 5, no UPC number.

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