Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has alerted Georgians to the recall of fresh products containing cut cantaloupe, which were sold exclusively at the Bi-Lo store at 312 S. Veterans Drive in Glennville.
These products containing cantaloupe are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
To date, there have been no reports of illness associated these products.
The recalled products were packaged with BI-LO scale labels and a “sell-by” date of 02/24/16, and include:
• Cantaloupe chunks (sizes medium and large) in plastic bowl with lid,
• Cantaloupe halves in styrofoam trays wrapped in clear plastic,
• Cantaloupe slices in styrofoam trays wrapped in clear plastic,
• Mixed melon chunks (sizes medium and large) in plastic bowl with lid,
• Mixed fruit bowl (sizes medium and large) in plastic bowl with lid, and
• Fruit tray cantaloupe in plastic tray with lid.
This recall is in response to a sample of cantaloupe taken by the Georgia Department of Agriculture at the store on Feb. 23 that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes on Feb. 29. Bi-Lo removed and destroyed all products containing fresh in-store cut cantaloupe.
While these products are no longer available, the GDA is advising consumers to check their refrigerators for this product. If consumers have this product, they are encouraged to throw it away and can receive a store refund by presenting proof of purchase, either through a receipt or the product-packaging label. Customers with questions may contact 866-946-6349, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia last week. To view a list or sign up for e-mail or text alerts, visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.