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Faison farm melons recalled over listeria concerns

Posted August 16, 2012 12:59 p.m. EDT
Updated August 16, 2012 4:15 p.m. EDT

— 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.