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Del Monte soes Oregon for cantaloupe recall. No basis in bar on fruit from Guatemala, company alleges

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Del Monte Fresh Produce says it will file another lawsuit over the March recall of its imported cantaloupes, this one against the Oregon Public Health Division and its senior epidemiologist.

The second complaint follows one filed Aug. 22 in which the Coral Gables-based company demanded that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lift an import alert that essentially bars cantaloupe grown at its Asuncion Mita farm in Guatemala from entering the US.

The produce giant alleges there is no basis for the import ban, nor was there reason for its own recall of cantaloupes implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella.

Original source: Food Safety News