DEC announces cantaloupe recall

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Susie brand cantaloupe recalled over the weekend by a McAllen, Texas, importer likely was distributed in Alaska, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday.

The I. Kunik Co. said Saturday it was issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of the cantaloupe because it has been associated with outbreaks of illness in the United States and Canada. The company said the organism Salmonella poona has infected dozens of people and can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people infected with the organism often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

No illnesses linked to the cantaloupe have been reported in Alaska, said Janice Adair, director of environmental health.

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