The recalled cantaloupes are sold with the label “Malichita.”
Sofia Produce, LLC, which does business as “Trufresh,” is recalling all sizes of its fresh cantaloupes sold with the “Malichita” label due to potential salmonella contamination, according to a news release from the company published on the United States Food and Drug Administration website. Wednesday.
The cantaloupes were distributed directly to states including Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas and Florida, the Washington-based company said. Nogales, Arizona.
The recalled cantaloupes were distributed between October 16 and 23, 2023 and were sold in retail produce markets and packaged in cardboard containers labeled “Malichita,” according to the company’s announcement.
In its announcement, Trufresh said it initiated the voluntary recall after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued its own recall earlier this month of cantaloupes packaged with the same Malichita label, due to possible contamination by salmonella.
In Canada, the recalled cantaloupes were distributed in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and “possibly other provinces and territories,” the Canadian government said.
Salmonella “is an organism that can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and others with weakened immune systems,” according to the FDA. Symptoms of salmonella include nausea, diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal pain.
So far, no illnesses have been reported with the recalled cantaloupes, according to Trufresh.
The recalled cantaloupes each have a PLU sticker with the word Malichita at the top and the number 4050 at the bottom, as well as the words “Product of Mexico/produit du México,” according to the company’s announcement.
In addition to being distributed in Canada and 10 U.S. states, the company noted that the recalled cantaloupes may also have reached consumers in other states through sales in “retail commodity markets.”
Trufresh advised consumers to check if they have the recalled products and not to “consume, serve, use, sell or distribute” the recalled products if they do.
Consumers who have recalled cantaloupes can throw them away or return them to the place where they purchased them. Consumers who experience health concerns should contact a health care provider.
Customers may also contact Trufesh representative Rafael Roiz at 520-394-7370, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT, for more information.