Food safety concerns hurt melons in acreage competition

06/01/2012 10:25:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

“The cantaloupe industry isn’t big enough to do a national advertising campaign like some other commodities could do, but we might do some stuff at store level to say that melons are certified safe,” Malanca said.

McGuigan agrees that providing consumers with a safe product is the main thing the industry can do.

“We’re confident in our product and our customers will be able to communicate with consumers that we trust our product,” he said.

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Mark Arney    
Orlando, FL  |  June, 02, 2012 at 08:32 AM

The word "melon" is used in this article's headline and within the text of the article. Research shows that most people associate "melon" with watermelons. The watermelon industry, and rightly so, is trying to distance itself from the crisis that has befallen the cantaloupe industry. By nature of its smooth skin, watermelons are less susceptible to the growth of pathogens than cantaloupes. We hope that The Packer's reporter's will refrain from using the word "melons" in future articles on this topic.

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