(April 4, 5:12 p.m., PACKER WEB EXCLUSIVE) The Food and Drug Administration has linked cantaloupe from Honduran grower Agropecuaria Montelibano to a salmonella outbreak with 51 illnesses reported in 16 states. Nine illnesses have been reported in five Canadian provinces.

FDA has identified 10 U.S. importers who received cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano during the outbreak:

  • Bounty Fresh LLC, Miami;


  • C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.;


  • Central American Produce Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla.;


  • Chiquita Brands International Inc., Cincinnati;


  • Dole Fresh Fruit International, Westlake Village, Calif.;


  • Legend Produce LLC, Firebaugh, Calif.;


  • Pero Vegetable Co. LLC, Delray Beach, Fla.;


  • T.M. Kovacevich International Inc., Philadelphia;


  • Tropifresh Inc., Los Angeles; and


  • Wuhl Shafman Lieberman Corp., Newark, N.J.

In addition to Chiquita and Dole, here are the affected brands:

  • Chestnut Hill Farms;


  • Perfect Melon;


  • Mike’s Melons; and


  • Mayan Pride

Product also was recalled by processors:

  • Charlie’s Produce Spokane, Spokane, Wash.;


  • Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc., Richmond, British Columbia;


  • Simply Fresh Fruit, Los Angeles;


  • Spokane Produce Inc., Spokane, Wash.;


  • JARD Marketing Corp., Lawrence, Mass.; and


  • Fresh Express Foods Corp., Medford, Ore.

The FDA has posted information related to the recalls and the outbreak at www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/cantaloupe.html.