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Consumers beware: there still might be Listeria in your cantaloupe. Kansas food company Carol's Cuts has issued another cantaloupe recall.
Carol's Cuts is recalling 594 pounds of sliced cantaloupe packaged in 5-pound trays. The cantaloupe is also used as an ingredient in 8-ounce mixed fruit medleys.
The cantaloupe was sent out to institutional customers, including restaurants, in Nebraska, Omaha and Kansas. Contaminated fruit may have been used in salad bars or as fruit menu items.
The company says it has notified all institutional customers of the recall. The fruit should either be returned or destroyed.
The 8-ounce fruit medley products were shipped out between August 26 and September 12. The recalled products have use dates of September 3 and September 19.
The 5-pound trays of cantaloupe chunks were shipped between August 26 and August 29. Some were shipped on September 12. These products have use dates of September 3 and September 19. The affected lot numbers are #72361 and #72700.
This recall is part of the larger cantaloupe recall linked to fruit grown and distributed by Jensen Farms, a Colorado company. The tainted fruit has caused an outbreak of Listeria infections that have killed 8 and sickened 55 in 14 different states, Fox News reports.
This number is only expected to grow. Listeria infections can take up to two months to develop. And, some consumers may still have contaminated cantaloupe in their refrigerators.
What can consumers do about the cantaloupe recall? To ensure that there is no Listeria in your cantaloupe, throw out any fruit that may be contaminated. And, bleach and disinfect your vegetable drawer and countertops, as Listeria bacteria can grow even in refrigerators.