Burch Farms shipped the recalled cantaloupes to retailers in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. The initial recall notice July 28 said they were shipped to Maine and New York.
In a July 30 warning to consumers and retailers, the Food and Drug Administration said “the cantaloupes were packed in sweet potato cartons,” but Jimmy Burch Jr. said Aug. 6 the farm uses sweet potato bins for field-harvesting of cantaloupes.
The FDA issued a one-sentence update Aug. 10 regarding the sweet potato cartons: "Upon further in-depth investigation, the FDA has determined and confirmed with Burch Equipment LLC that the firm did not, in fact, ship cantaloupe packed into sweet potato cartons."
Jimmy Burch Sr. said this recall is the first safety problem they’ve ever had with their cantaloupes. Burch Farms has been growing cantaloupes for five years. It planted about 115 acres for this season. He said they use SaniDate sanitizer in their packing shed water as part of their food safety program.