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Faison farm melons recalled over listeria concerns

Posted August 16, 2012

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— A farm in Faison has recalled its entire crop of cantaloupes and honeydew melons because of possible listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The federal agency first issued the recall July 30 after it found evidence of the bacteria in samples of cantaloupe shipped from Burch Farms. The recall was expanded Tuesday to include all cantaloupe and honeydew grown by the farm this season.

The FDA said listeria was found “in the environment of the firm’s packing facility.”

The melons were sold to distributors in 18 states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

Listeriosis presents flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, infants and those with weakened immune systems, the FDA said.

It can take up to 70 days to become sick from the bacteria, although most people are sickened within three weeks.

The FDA said no cases of listeriosis have been linked to the recalled fruit.

The recalled cantaloupes bear a red sticker that reads “Burch Farms Cantaloupe PLU 4319” or white sticker that reads “Cottle Strawberry, Inc. 4319.”

The recalled honeydews do not bear any identifying stickers but were packed in shipping cases labeled melons.

Anyone who thinks they may have purchased the fruit should contact the store where they bought it and ask for information about where the melons originated.
 

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  • piene2 Aug 17, 2012

    "@piene2...exactly right...same with Vit D deficiency....99% of folks are deficient...why? they can't walk outside without being slathered in sunscreen and wrapped up like its 30 degrees outside...hand sanitizers everywhere too....no exposure equals no resistance......
    cblackman"

    The young kids now will be the first generation in America to not live as long as their parents.

  • cblackman Aug 17, 2012

    @piene2...exactly right...same with Vit D deficiency....99% of folks are deficient...why? they can't walk outside without being slathered in sunscreen and wrapped up like its 30 degrees outside...hand sanitizers everywhere too....no exposure equals no resistance......

  • piene2 Aug 17, 2012

    "insects but that spread disease our body's can no longer fight off because the smallest cut now requires doses of antibiotics.
    ncsuwxboy"

    "Disease our bodies can no longer fight off"

    There you go! you have hit the nail right om the head. And why, prey tell can people no longer fight off those diseases? Aallow me to tell you. From earliest childhood, the virophobes have enclosed their children in sterile bubbles. Never exposed to germs. Never just out playing in the dirt. And if the child does exhibit the least symptom, what do the virophobe parents do? They rush the child to a doctor who fills them with antibiotics. It stands to reason that the child will never build up a robust immune system. What the child will build up however, is a strong tolerance to antibiotics.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 17, 2012

    Back in the good ole days, the US population was much smaller and as late in the 1950s, 50 percent of Americans lived on a farm.

    People demand that food be cheap, but it is impossible to produce high yeilds per acre to offset imput costs without using chemical herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and commercial fertilizers. If you think its so easy, go try it for yourself. Buying orgainc is nice, but a lot of Americans are on a budget and can't afford those higher priced niche foods.

  • ncsuwx Aug 16, 2012

    What ever happened to the good old days. One would get a stomachache and some intestinal distress and say, "Wow, must be something I ate," and life would go on. - piene2

    Yes the good old days, when we didn't feed our chickens ground beef, inject our chicken, pork, and beef with steroids, and create products designed to kill the insects but that spread disease our body's can no longer fight off because the smallest cut now requires doses of antibiotics.

    Tell the people who die and suffer from listeria it's only a case of virophobia.

  • piene2 Aug 16, 2012

    What ever happened to the good old days. One would get a stomachache and some intestinal distress and say, "Wow, must be something I ate," and life would go on. Now every little tummy ache is a federal case fraught with dire implications. I guess the nation really is deep in the clutches of virophobia.

  • KermitDFrog Aug 16, 2012

    Listeria is found in soil - it's not that "gross". Unfortunately we see the downside of centralized food delivery. I'm no biologist but, I wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them. Even washing the skin of melons.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 16, 2012

    "It can take up to 70 days to become sick from the bacteria, although most people are sickened within three weeks."

    If it takes this long to become ill from eating a contaminated food, we will often never know what made us ill. Is our food supply going to become so contaminated one day we all starve to death?