Thousands of Cantaloupes Recalled Because of Health Risk

Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-06 15:38:04-04

800px-CantaloupesGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Heeren Brothers Produce is recalling roughly 5,400 cantaloupes because of a possible listeria contamination, according to a company release Aug. 6.

The fruit sold to independent grocers in Michigan from July 23-26 could contain Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that could cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.

Healthier people may suffer severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, fever, diarrhea or abdominal pain.  It can also cause stillbirth or miscarriage in pregnant women.

Heeren Brothers says the cantaloupes should be immediately discarded and not consumed.  They are Athena cantaloupes, but do not have any stickers or other features that identify them as that.