The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat whole cantaloupes from Burch Equipment LLC, of Faison, N.C., because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono). The company had shipped 580 cases of whole cantaloupes on July 15, which were then distributed to retail stores in New York and Maine. Consumers who may have cantaloupes with a red label displaying the words Burch Farms and referencing PLU #4319 should discard them as a precautionary measure. Cantaloupes from the North Carolina firm tested positive for L. mono following sampling carried out in New York, as part of sampling conducted through the USDA Microbiological Data Program. On July 28, 2012, Burch Equipment LLC issued a voluntary recall of the 580 cases of whole cantaloupes. No known illnesses have been reported that are linked to consumption of these cantaloupes.
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