Recall: Salmonella In Dole Cantaloupes

Imperialist fruit-giant Dole has recalled Costa Rican cantaloupes because of fears the fruit may be contaminated with salmonella.

The Dole Fresh Fruit Company recalled several thousand cartons of imported cantaloupes after the fruit tested positive for salmonella. The recall, which covers the eastern United States and the Canadian province of Quebec, is the second prompted by salmonella fears this week. Dole said there had been no reports of illness as a result of the contaminated cantaloupes, which were grown in Costa Rica.

An abundant source of folate, good cantaloupes have a netted skin and nice yellow-orange color. The stem should emit a musky scent and have a smooth, well-rounded cavity. Beware, cantaloupes with salmonella feel and smell the same as normal cantaloupes. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

Cantaloupes Are Recalled [NYT]


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  1. Citron says:

    That’s funny, because I recently recall reading an article warning about how cantaloupe is risky specifically. The danger is the rind of the fruit, where the salmonella can’t be washed away due to all the pits. When you cut the melon, the knife carries the bacteria into the flesh, which you in turn eat — and then you spend the next forever on the toilet and in the hospital. No good.

  2. Dustbunny says:

    This just confirms my suspicion that fruits and veggies are bad for you. Eat BK Cheesy Tots instead!

  3. aestheticity says:

    Ok, Citron. But how does the salmonella get on the thing in the first place? They scrub them with raw chicken before shipping? What is salmonella doing on a fruit.

    I suppose in whatever godforsaken place they’re grown the very water they wash them with is probably teeming with all kinds of diseases. It’s a wonder this doesn’t happen more often.

  4. Citron says:

    Salmonella in the ground comes from the feces of infected animals, generally. If those feces are used in fertilizers, or if the run off from agro-industrial “farms” ends up in the water supply, it goes into the vegetables and fruits we eat.

  5. kaktus says:

    There is also a VERY high risk of cross contamination after the fruits leave the farms and packinghouses.
    No agribusiness in interested in being invloved in a salmonella scare. They will all recall the products before it reaches the public even if there is a minute possibility of pathogen contamination.
    I personally know organic operations with field sanitation and food safety protocols that will make a pharm lab blush that have tested positive even after double washing fruit using the latest kills stage approved products.