Thousands of cases of Eagle Produce’s Kandy cantaloupes are being recalled due to their potential to carry potentially deadly salmonella bacteria. The 6,456 cases being recalled have UPC codes of 4050, with lot codes including 797900, 797901, and 804918. So far, this is a limited voluntary recall. The recall affects cantaloupe distributed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. between September 5th and 16th.
According to attorney Tony Coveny, a salmonella lawyer at Ron Simon & Associates, “this is not the first time that cantaloupe have been recalled. In 2011, our firm filed the first lawsuit in the deadly outbreak linked to Jensen Farms. In that outbreak, the pathogen was listeria. As that case unfolded, prosecutors brought charges against two former owners of the Colorado-based Jensen Farms, including Eric and Ryan Jensen, who are brothers, that included six counts each of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. In that outbreak 147 victims were hospitalized in 28 states and 33 passed away due to their illness.
Coveny continued: “Luckily, no human illnesses have been identified in the current situation. The recall may be sufficient to prevent any illnesses, but it is too early to tell. If anyone develops gastrointestinal distress, including vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain, after they have consumed these cantaloupes, they should seek medical attention and have a stool culture performed. Prevention is best, but treatment is usually effective with salmonella. It is not, in most cases, as serous a threat as listeria, which has a much higher mortality rate than salmonella.””