Cantaloupe recall
Posted in iPedia » Recalls on Friday, September 23, 2011

 

www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/

 

Q&A:

Q:  Am I at risk?

A:  Listeria generally only affects the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and newborns whose mothers were infected before birth.  The median age of victims in this outbreak is 78 years old.  Healthy, younger adults and most children can usually consume listeria with no ill effects or mild illness.

 

Q:  How do I know if I have a bad cantaloupe?

A:  The recalled cantaloupe may be labeled "Colorado Grown." "Distributed by  Frontera Produce," "JensenFarms.com," or "Sweet Rocky Fords."  It may also be labeled "USA."  NOt al of the recalled cantaloupes are labeled with a sticker, the FDA said, so it may be hard to tell.

 

Q:  What are some symptoms of listeria?

A:  When a person contracts the disease, it can cause fever, muscle aches, gastrointentestinal symptoms and even death.  One in five people who have listeria die.

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