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Don’t Wash The Cantaloupe – Throw It Away

 If you have bought a cantaloupe that has been grown by Jensen Farms, and distributed by Frontera, the FDA is now asking that instead of trying to wash away any possible contaminants that might be on your cantaloupe please just throw them away.

If you just try to wash away the bacteria, you may put yourself or your guests in harms way.  With cantaloupe, you can wash the outside, but the bacteria love to grow in the warm, meaty insides of the product as well.

Besides, just washing a product does not guarantee you rid the product of all contaminants.    Once you wash a cantaloupe, bacteria can be left on the outside and carried through to the meaty part by your knife.

Listeria can also live in your refrigerator.  According to CNN, health officials are not taking any chances and are actually visiting retailers that may be carrying this product to be sure the issue has been dealt with properly.

Over 70 illnesses have been reported, and 13 deaths have been recorded so far.   Since it can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months for any signs of Listeria to show, the CDC is expecting for those numbers to climb.  These cantaloupes have been distributed to 25 states, with 9 states reporting deaths associated with this Listeria outbreak.  Those 9 states are: Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

For more information, visit FDA.gov or CDC.gov.

Also:   Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. recalls more than 65 tons of ground beef possibly infected with the E. coli bacterium.  Subject to recall  are 5# chubs of Kroger brand, 3# Chubs of Butcher’s Brand, and 3# Chubs of generic label ground beef.  All were produced on Aug. 23rd.  They all have a “BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY” date of Sep. 12, 2011.  For more detailed information go to USDA. Gov. and click on the tab of news and events.  For a list of retail distribution go to:   www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

See also:  Listeria Can Be Present In Your Restaurant

For information on how to properly handle foods that may be contaminated with harmful bacteria please visit the Food Safety category.

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