Cantaloupes Back in the News


The Meijer Chain and their supplier Eagle Produce LLC of Aguila, AZ. have initiated a six-state recall of cantaloupes and fruit trays containing cut cantaloupe following an investigation by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Routine monitoring demonstrated the presence of Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illnesses from consuming cantaloupes and derived items.


Cantaloupe was identified as the vehicle of infection in 23 foodborne outbreaks reviewed by the CDC occurring between 1984 and 2002. A total of 1,434 cases infected with Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli resulted in 42 hospitalizations and two fatalities.


Bowen, A. et al. Infections associated with cantaloupe consumption: a public health concern. Epidemiology and Infection.134: 675-685 (2006)