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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported that Susie brand cantaloupe melons from Mexico, brought into the U.S. and Canada during April, have been linked to a recent outbreak of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella Poona. The shipper, I. Kunik, of McAllen, Texas, said Saturday it is initiating a voluntary recall of the product.
The outbreak involves approximately 50 cases of illness in at least four U.S. states (California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). It also may have affected at least two western Canadian provinces.
The United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association has released the following food safety tips to share with consumers:
- Consumers should thoroughly rinse all fruits and vegetables before consuming them.
- Consumers do not need to use detergents, soap, or bleach -- just potable running water.
- They should rinse whole melons because any germs on the rind of the melon can be passed to the flesh when the melon is cut.
- Cut melons should be kept refrigerated.