The cantaloupes were sold between March 10 and March 21, 2011 in Costco warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. They were sold to customers in plastic mesh sleeves containing three cantaloupes in each sleeve. The cantaloupes are light brown on the outside and orange on the inside.
The cantaloupes were grown on the Asuncion Mita farm, owned by Del Monte, in Guatemala. All production on the farm has been stopped while the company and the FDA investigate the source of the Salmonella Panama.
Twelve cases of Salmonella Panama have been reported in association with the Del Monte cantaloupes. Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Customers who purchased the cantaloupe should return the fruit to the store where they bought it for a full refund.
The FDA traced this outbreak quickly. Because of that, Del Monte could stop production and limit the number of people exposed. Meanwhile, our representatives and senators in Washington are trying to cut funding for the FDA.
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