Only a week after an initial recall of nearly 200,000 cantaloupes, a North Carolina company is expanding its recall to include all of this growing season's cantaloupes and honeydew melons, because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall was expanded after the Food and Drug Administration found harmful bacteria on a honeydew melon grown and packed by Burch Farms of Faison, N.C. The melons included in the recall were sold in 19 states, including Pennsylvania.
Food safety officials are taking the recall very seriously following last year's listeria outbreak, where contaminated cantaloupes sickened almost 150 people and led to at least 30 deaths.
Symptoms of listeria poisoning, which can occur anywhere from three days to more than two months after eating contaminated food, include muscle aches, fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and diarrhea.