Late cantaloupe salmonella coverage causes confusion - The Packer

Late cantaloupe salmonella coverage causes confusion

06/03/2009 12:23:27 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Despite no new developments in an earlier melon recall, regional television reports have reported L&M’s previous recall of Florida cantaloupe.

A random May 14 Food and Drug Administration test that found salmonella in one bin of a south Florida contract cantaloupe growing operation led Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Companies Inc. to recall melons it had sent to Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s North Carolina and South Carolina distribution centers.

Subsequent investigations found no additional instances of salmonella.

WCIV-TV, Charleston, S.C., and WSET-TV, in Lynchburg, Va., on June 2 featured online reports about the recall.

Lee Anne Oxford, L&M’s director of marketing, said she wasn’t sure why the television stations are so late to pick up the recall story. L&M, she said, hasn’t issued anything since the original release and no illnesses were reported.

In another salmonella development, City of Industry, Calif.-based Union International Food Co., a manufacturer of spices, sauces and oils, June 2 recalled packs of white peppers that could have been contaminated with salmonella.

Some of the Los Angeles-area company’s processed products this spring were linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak.



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