UPDATED:Michigan firm recalls cantaloupe after FDA finds listeria

08/06/2013 01:09:00 PM
Coral Beach

(UPDATED COVERAGE, Aug. 7) A Michigan produce company is recalling 5,400 Athena cantaloupes from an unidentified supplier because of potential listeria contamination.

Heeren Bros. Produce, Grand Rapids, Mich., issued a recall statement Aug. 6. It said the recalled cantaloupes had been distributed to “small independent grocers” in Michigan from July 23-26. No illnesses had been reported in relation to the cantaloupes.

The cantaloupes do not have any identifying stickers and Heeren Bros. did not name the supplier in its recall announcement.

A random sampling by the Food and Drug Administration revealed the potential listeria contamination, according to the company statement.

“After receiving notice from the FDA, Heeren Brothers Produce immediately alerted retailers and requested that they remove the produce from their shelves,” the company announcement states.

“Heeren Brothers Produce has also contacted the supplier of the cantaloupes. The source of the potential issue is still under investigation. Heeren Brothers Produce is cooperating fully with the FDA.”

A third-generation produce company that was founded in 1933, Heeren Bros. handles a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and has a fresh-cut division. None of their other products are implicated in the recall.

“We have product handling and safety protocols in place,” the company statement said. “A recent audit by an independent, third-party laboratory rated our procedures as excellent in the industry.”



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John    
Florida  |  August, 07, 2013 at 07:28 AM

Another incomplete recall. The SUPPLIER is the one who needs to issue immediate recalls of ALL their products that have been packed on the same line as these specific melons! Once listeria is present, it is very hard to get rid of, even when you know it is there. Surely, the supplier has packed numerous other lots of produce on the same packing equipment and has contaminated vastly more than this limited number of 5400 melons!

Mtz    
CA  |  August, 07, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Hey John, they are not from Mexico. How about that.

John    
florida  |  August, 08, 2013 at 07:36 AM

Hey Mtz, we don't know where they're from, how about THAT? They have only named the distributor, not the grower/packer. Plenty of American companies distribute mexico's contaminated produce.

John    
47281  |  August, 08, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I know where they are from.

JD    
August, 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Where?????

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