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July 18, 2003

Duck Delivery Produce Recalls Cut Honeydew and Cut Cantaloupe Melon for Possible Health Risk

(SafetyAlerts) - 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.

 
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