Fresno distributor recalls 28,000 cartons of cantaloupe - The Packer

Fresno distributor recalls 28,000 cartons of cantaloupe

09/13/2012 09:04:00 AM
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DFI Marketing(UPDATED COVERAGE, noon) DFI Marketing Inc., Fresno, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 28,000 bulk cartons of cantaloupe after routine, random government testing returned a positive result for salmonella. 

No illnesses have been reported or linked to the cantaloupes, according to the company’s recall notice, posted on the website at 11:30 p.m. eastern time on Sept. 12.

DFI is a family-owned grower-shipper operation, according to Maggie Bezart, company spokeswoman. She said DFI grew the cantaloupes at its fields in Huron, Calif.

DFI cantaloupe cartonCourtesy FDAAll of the cantaloupe recalled by DFI Marketing Inc., Fresno, Calif., were packed in cartons like this. No illnesses have been linked to the cantaloupe.DFI packed the cantaloupes Aug. 26, according to the notice, and they may have been distributed from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10. Distribution was primarily to retail customers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico.

Company officials said in the recall notice that they believe the majority of the recalled cantaloupe are no longer in the stream of commerce because of their perishable nature.

The cantaloupes are packed six, nine, 12, 15 or 18 per bulk carton. All cartons have the DFI brand with “826 California Westside” stamped in black ink.

DFI has a testing program as part of its food safety plan that includes routinely testing samples for foodborne pathogens prior to harvest by third-party laboratories, the recall notice states. The sampling of the cartons involved in this recall tested negative for salmonella.

The distributor initiated the recall after the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified DFI officials that a single cantaloupe from a wholesale distribution center tested positive for salmonella.

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Geogia  |  September, 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM

The way it is going we will not have any produce company that has not had a recall. I do not worry and would eat cantaloupe all the time, but to add to the problem the melons from California taste awful right now, no flavor so they would not sell anyway. Get your act together Cantaloupe growers.

iowa  |  September, 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Cantaloupes seem to be heavily targeted by the fda right now. I believe if they targeted any produce they could find traces of something. As consumers we need to wash all our produce. If this keeps up all cantaloupes will come from out of the country because no farmer will risk growing cantaloupes. If you think California melons have poor flavor now, think what it would be like to never have another american melon.

USA  |  September, 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Wait a second everybody! The California growers told us all how it was impossible to have contamination in their drier climate so I'm sure this can't be correct.

Indiana Grower    
Indiana  |  September, 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Levi, great point!

September, 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Contamination can come from many different sources. If you ever look at the supermarkets fresh wet vegitable displays, or the trucks that are hauling the product to the supermarkets you will see where the contaimination could be from many sources. I agree with Gregg that as consumers we need to wash all our produce. Don't rely on the FDA to wash your produce. I recently purchased organic cantaloupe from California and it tasted awesome.

UP Michigan  |  August, 14, 2013 at 01:43 PM

I purchased two of these cantaloupe last week and they were both delicious! No one got sick from them. I would buy this brand again. They are much better than the ones I used to get in Florida!

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