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Wegmans recalls potentially tainted fruit

Photo from Jensen Farms Website

By Chris Jamele


Buffalo, NY – Wegman's Food Markets, Incorporated is issuing a recall of pre-cut cantaloupe. The chain has learned that some of its products containing fresh cut melon may contain cantaloupe that is contaminated with listeria.

The products mentioned include prepackaged fruit salads and pre-cut cantaloupe slices. The fruit was sold in Erie and Niagara Counties between August 31 and September 11.

According to Niagara County Health Director Daniel Stapleton, symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to appear, though most people would experience symptoms much sooner.

Wegmans has emphasized that the threat applies only to pre-cut melons. The stores have begun an automated calling campaign to customers who purchased the questionable products and who used their Shoppers Club cards.

The tainted cantaloupes are traced to Jensen Farms of Holly in Colorado. The company issued the following news release on September 29, 2011:

Farms Includes IN, LA and WI in Recall Notification - Jensen Farms of Holly, CO is including whole cantaloupes shipped to the states of Indiana, Louisiana and Wisconsin in its September 14th recall notification. As part of its ongoing internal review of shipment records, Jensen Farms has identified shipments to these three states as part of the September 14 recall. The whole cantaloupes sent to IN, LA and WI were included in the original volume recalled on September 14, and the customers that received this product from Jensen Farms were notified of the recall on the same day. "The company has confirmed that its customers, including those who requested that the product be shipped to Indiana, Louisiana or Wisconsin, received the September 14 recall notice to remove the product from commerce immediately," said Amy Philpott, spokeswoman for Jensen Farms. Consumers with questions may contact Jensen Farms via email at recall@rfordcantaloupe.com or phone 1-800-267-4561 Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm MST. The September 14 press release can be found at www.rfordcantaloupe.com.