Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. recalled 81 cartons of Arizona cantaloupes Oct. 21 because of possible salmonella contamination.


Del Monte recalls cantaloupes in Michigan

Random tests by the Michigan Department of Agriculture of Del Monte cantaloupes from one Detroit wholesaler returned on subtest positive for salmonella, said Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing for the Coral Gables, Fla.-based company. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the cantaloupes.

The 15-count cases of cantaloupes were shipped from Arizona to wholesalers in and around Detroit, Mich., exclusively beginning Oct. 11. Each cantaloupe had a Del Monte logo and the words “Cantaloupe USA” stickers. They were shipped in bulk in cardboard cartons.

Lot codes W-11-147-43 size 15 and size W-11-14-19 size 15 are involved in the recall, according to the release.

The company has been in contact with each of the customers shipped the recalled product and has accounted for about 20%, Christou said. The remainder has likely been sold and consumed, he said.

"We are conducting an internal investigation to determine the possible source of contamination and appropriate actions to minimize the chances of future occurences," Christou said.

Del Monte has a customer service line and e-mail available for questions at (800) 659-6500 and contact-us-executive-office@freshdelmonte.com.