Del Monte Cantaloupe Sold at Costco Source of Salmonella Outbreak


In another recall involving contaminated cantaloupe, the Food and Drug Administration stated that there was a link between Del Monte cantaloupe and approximately 13 reported cases of Salmonella serotype Panama in the following states: Washington (4 cases), Oregon (5 cases), California (2 cases), Colorado (1 case), and Maryland (1 case) in March of 2011. Del Monte Fresh put on hold the production and distribution of the potentially Salmonella-contaminated product from the affected farm called Asuncion Mita, which is located in Guatemala.

Cantaloupe Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

The products recalled by Del Monte for potential Salmonella contamination consisted of cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 4 plastic beige mesh sleeves each sealed with a plastic orange handle with the Del Monte logo and indication “3 count, Product of Guatemala” with 3 cantaloupes per sleeve. The cantaloupes were available for sale at Costco locations between the 10th of March and the 21st of March, 2011.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Symptoms of Salmonella infection begin anywhere from 6 to 72 hours after a person ingests Salmonella bacteria and typically last 3 to 7 days, though in some cases can last longer and be potentially fatal. Symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration. In some cases they may include vomiting, headache, and body aches.

What to do if you think you have Salmonella

Any person who believes they contracted a Salmonella infection should consult a doctor immediately. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a Salmonella infection you should call your local health department to help ensure a larger outbreak does not take place.

Contact the Marler Clark Salmonella Attorneys

Marler Clark has recently called on Del Monte to pay for the medical expenses to victims. If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection after consuming contaminated food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. You can fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032. There is no cost to you.

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