WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Before you take a bite of that cantaloupe, you might want to double check where it came from.
The Food and Drug Administration says whole cantaloupes from Burch Equipment LLC, of North Carolina tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono). So far, the FDA has discovered contaminated fruit was shipped to New York and Maine, but there is a possibility the shipments made it to other states.
Consumers who purchased cantaloupe with a red label reading Burch Farms and referencing PLU #4319 should discard the fruit immediately.
Listeriosis, caused by L. mono, can cause fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.
Please contact your health care provider if you feel you may have listeriosis.
So far, no illnesses have been reported that are linked to consumption of these cantaloupes.
For questions or more information on fresh fruit safety, call the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD or email firstname.lastname@example.org.