(May 14) WASHINGTON, D.C. — A suspect has been named in the salmonella investigation that was begun by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week.

The administration reported that Susie brand cantaloupes from Mexico brought into the U.S. and Canada have been linked to a recent outbreak of salmonella poona. I. Kunik, of McAllen, Texas, is issuing a voluntary recall of the product.

Lawrence Kroman, vice president of I.Kunik, said 23,800 boxes of cantaloupes were being recalled. The melons came from a packing shed in the state of Guerrero.

Kroman said Kunik was notified of the link at 7 p.m. May 10, and had notified shippers and retailers and begun the recall process by 8 the next morning.

“We wanted to do it as quickly and as efficiently as possible,” Kroman said. “You have to react to something like this.”

Kroman said Kunik is focusing on getting the product recalled right now, and it is too soon to tell what this will mean for its future melon shipments out of Mexico.

About 50 cases of the illness have been reported in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The outbreak also may have affected two Western Canadian provinces.

In a news release, the FDA said it was confident the Susie melons were the source and that, because the product and brand are known, no other products and brands are being brought into question.