The Food and Drug Administration says not to eat cantaloupes from Burch Equipment in North Carolina because of possible Listeria contamination. Burch Equipment shipped 580 cases of whole cantaloupes on July 15, to New York and Maine.
Cantaloupes tested positive for Listeria following sampling in New York. No illnesses have been reported in relation to this recall.
If you have a cantaloupe with a red Burch Farms label printed with "PLU #4319" you should discard the melon.
Listeria can cause high fever, nausea, and diarrhea, and can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. In young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, Listeria infections can be fatal.
Last year, a Listeria outbreak associated with cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado was declared to be the worst in 10 years, infecting 100 people and killing 18. According to data from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, Listeria infections remained steady in 2011.
Our summer-safety guide includes tips for avoiding food born illness.