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Cantaloupe Recall Expanded to Include Honeydew

WASHINGTON—Burch Equipment LLC of North Carolina expanded its recall of Caribbean Gold melons on Aug. 10 to include all of this growing season's cantaloupes and honeydew melons because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.

The recall involves cantaloupes and honeydew melons sold to distributors between June 23 and July 27, 2012, in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia. The melons may have further been distributed to retail stores, restaurants and foodservice facilities in other states.

The whole cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading Burch Farms referencing PLU # 4319. All cantaloupes involved in the recall were grown by Burch Farms; however, some of the cantaloupes may have been identified with a "Cottle Strawberry, Inc." sticker referencing PLU #4319. Honeydew melons involved in the recall expansion do not bear any identifying stickers and were packed in cartons labeled melons.


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