More than 188,000 cantaloupes have been recalled in several states, including the Carolinas, after a possible Listeria contamination.
Burch Equipment LLC in North Carolina expanded their recall that was initiated July 28, voluntarily recalling 13,888 cases of whole Athena variety cantaloupes and 581 bins of Athena variety cantaloupes due to the potential for being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Melons affected by this recall total 188,902, including melons sold at Food Lion stores in the Upstate.
The whole Athena variety cantaloupes were shipped between July 15 and July 27 and distributed to retail stores operating in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
The melons 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. Cottle Farms is not involved in this recall.
The Athena variety cantaloupe is the most commonly grown in the east. Burch asks customers who possess recalled cantaloupes to throw them away. The FDA said there have been no illnesses reported thus far.
The recall is based on unsanitary conditions found at the cantaloupe packing shed during the FDA's ongoing inspection that may allow for contamination of cantaloupes.
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