July 18, 2003
Duck Delivery Produce Recalls Cut
Honeydew and Cut Cantaloupe Melon for Possible Health Risk
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Duck Delivery Produce, Inc.
of Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling cut honeydew and cut cantaloupe
melons because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes, an organism which 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.
The cut honeydew and cut cantaloupe melons are sold as single fruit items or
in various combinations with other fruits and packaged in plastic trays,
plastic cups or plastic bags and sold in retail stores in Washington, Oregon
and Idaho. Products contain a ?sell by? date on or before 07-21-03. Some of
the fruit has the brand ?Mary?s Select? and other product does not have a
brand name. All product is labeled distributed by Duck Delivery Produce.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture conducted routine sampling of
the product held for retail sale. Analysis found samples to be contaminated
with Listeria monocytogenes.
Consumers who have purchased the product with ?sell by? date on or before
07-21-03, should return it to the store where purchased for a refund or
exchange. For additional information, call John Rich at Duck Delivery
Produce from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-452-2481.