L&M issues cantaloupe recall after salmonella find

05/17/2009 07:50:57 PM
Chris Koger

Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc. recalled a single lot of cantaloupes delivered to Wal-Mart Supercenters in North Carolina and South Carolina and Virginia after a melon from a supplier tested positive for salmonella.

The recall covers melons sold at the stores May 10-15, according to a news release from the company posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s Web site. While all Wal-Mart Supercenters in North Carolina and South Carolina are involved in the recall, one store in South Hill, Va., is.

The melon tested positive at a “small” farm, according to the release. L&M did not name the supplier. The company stopped shipping from the farm. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall.

L&M advises consumers to throw away whole cantaloupes they purchased from the stores May 10-15. The company announced the recall May 15.

“L&M Companies takes food safety seriously and we are committed to the shoppers who buy our products every day,” said Mike McGee, vice president of production and grower development, in the release. “We are issuing this recall because we want to ensure that even the slightest risk to public health is minimized.”



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