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Eagle Produce LP Issues Nationwide Recall of Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risks

Contact:
Paul Fleming
(480) 998-1444, ext.11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Scottsdale, AZ -- July 8, 2005 -- Eagle Produce LP of Scottsdale, Arizona is recalling 685 cases of cantaloupe, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The cantaloupe was possibly distributed to retail stores in AK, CT, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, and WI between June 27 and June 29, 2005. Product labeling on cardboard box front panel reads in part: “Product of U.S.A. *** Cantaloupes *** MARTORI FARMS, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA 85260-2426.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by FDA which showed that, out of multiple samples, one sample tested positive for the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product in question.

Information on what consumers should do with the product and where they can get additional information may contact the company at 1-877-494-7062.

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