A few weeks ago, we shared information about a major Cantaloupe recall that included produce sold in California. The investigation has found that the contamination has spread along with illnesses and even death. The recall was issued by Sofia Produce, LLC, operating out of Nogales, Arizona. The recall was for all sizes of fresh cantaloupes with the label “Malichita” and were packaged in in cardboard containers.

The reason for the recall was due to possible contamination with Salmonella, after their announcement, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued their own notice of recall at FDA.gov. There has been an update.


Since the initial recall, the investigation by the FDA and Center For Disease Control (CDC) has now (as of this writing) reported 230 cases (including 3 deaths) from 38 states including Washington, Oregon and California (as previously reported).

The list of contaminated produce continues to grow as well with additional recalls of pre-cut products that included or came into contact with the contaminated cantaloupe. Additional companies (Including companies Cut Fruit Express and TGD Cuts, LLC) that had used the contaminated produce enacted their own product recall including the company's fresh-cut fruit cups, clamshells and tray containing cantaloupe from TruFresh.


The full FDA/CDC report and list of companies involved in the recall can be found here. The investigation is still ongoing.

What Should I Do With Recalled Cantaloupes?

If you have any of the cantaloupes in question, you should dispose of it safely or return it to the location where it was purchased. If you are unsure if the melon you bought is one of the ones in question, reach out to the retailer.

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Illness Symptoms from Salmonella

According to the FDA, symptoms include: diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms may occur within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. If you believe you have a case of Salmonella, reach out to your healthcare professional.

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