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Lawrence company recalls cantaloupe linked to salmonella

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Associated Press / March 30, 2008

LAWRENCE - A Lawrence company is recalling fresh-cut fruit products containing cantaloupe from a Honduran company the Food and Drug Administration has linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak.

JARD Marketing Corp. said Friday that its recall affects food service and retail products containing cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano and distributed in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

The company said it is not aware of any illnesses associated with its cantaloupe products.

The recall includes retail plastic cups and trays sold under the brands Frosty Fresh, Fresh Hand Cut, Fruit on The Go, Highland Park, Bruegger's Bagels, Sid Wainer and Son, Hannaford Brothers, and Garden High Plant No. P-005, and coded with a sell-by date of March 29, 2008, or earlier.

The recalled food service products include plastic pails and jars under the brands Pebble Beach, Festival Of Fruit, Cornucopia Sweet, Jambo Chef, Fowler Fruit Mix, Instantwhip, Syracuse Banana, and City Line Food Dist. and coded with an expiration date from April 7, 2008, to April 22, 2008, or a Julian code of "08067" to "08082."

The FDA has asked grocers to remove cantaloupe from the Honduran company and blocked its imports after dozens of cases of salmonella were reported in 16 states. No deaths were reported, but 14 people were hospitalized.

Dole Fresh Fruit Co., a California subsidiary of Dole Food Co., on Friday recalled cantaloupes grown, packed, and shipped by Agropecuaria Montelibano. On Thursday, Chiquita Brands International Inc. announced a recall of whole cantaloupes grown, packed, and shipped by the Honduran company. The cantaloupes went out nationwide. Simply Fresh Fruit Inc. announced a recall of certain cut-fruit products.

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