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US Food and Drug Administration lifts restrictions on cantaloupes from a Guatemala farm linked to salmonella

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Faced with a lawsuit by a major produce grower, the Food and Drug Administration lifted import restrictions on cantaloupes from a Guatemala farm that had been linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak.

That outbreak, which led to a recall in March by the importer, Del Monte Fresh Produce, is not related to the current deadly outbreak of illness from another pathogen, listeria, which has been linked to tainted cantaloupes grown in Colorado.

An agency spokesman said that the company submitted an independent audit of the farm showing that it was following good agricultural practices.

Original source: New York Times