FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 4, 2016
Glennville BI-LO retail location recalls cantaloupe products due to possible health risks to consumers
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of fresh products containing cut cantaloupe, which were sold exclusively at one BI-LO store in Glennville, Ga., located at 312 S. Veterans Dr. (Store #5744).
These fresh products containing cantaloupe are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that 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.
To date, there have been no reports of illness associated these products.
The recalled products were packaged with BI-LO scale labels and a “sell-by” date of 02/24/16, and include:
- Cantaloupe Chunks (sizes medium and large) in plastic bowl with lid
- Cantaloupe Halves in styrofoam trays wrapped in clear plastic
- Cantaloupe Slices in styrofoam trays wrapped in clear plastic
- Mixed Melon Chunks (sizes medium and large) in plastic bowl with lid
- Mixed Fruit Bowl (sizes medium and large) in plastic bowl with lid
- Fruit Tray Cantaloupe in plastic tray with lid
This recall is in response to a sample of cantaloupe chunks taken by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) from a medium-sized container at this BI-LO location on Feb. 23, which tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes on Feb. 29. BI-LO removed and destroyed all products containing fresh in-store cut cantaloupe.
While these products are no longer available in this store, the GDA is advising consumers to check their refrigerators for this product. If consumers have this product, they are encouraged to throw it away and can receive a store refund by presenting proof of purchase, either through a receipt or the product-packaging label. Customers with questions may contact (866) 946-6349, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.
This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list or sign up for e-mail or text alerts, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.