Kansas-based food processor Carol’s Cuts has announced a recall on specific batches of its cut mixed fruits and cut cantaloupes. The said products may have been contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
This voluntary recall by Carol’s Cuts is part of a bigger product recall that involves cantaloupes traced to the “Rocky Ford Cantaloupes” that were previously recalled by Jensen Farms. The US Food and Drug Administration confirmed the presence of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes on the Rocky Ford samples. Listeria was also found in the packing facility of Jensen Farms. The affected cantaloupes were distributed to 17 states in the country and have already been connected to 55 illnesses and 8 deaths.
Carol’s Cuts is recalling its fruit medley product because it contains cantaloupes that are connected to the Rocky Ford cantaloupes. The recalled fruit medley is packed in 8-oz. individual clamshell containers. The company’s recalled cut cantaloupes are packed in 5-lb. trays. The recalled fruit medley and cantaloupe chunks were distributed to foodservice operators and restaurants in the states of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Listeria monocytogenes is a harmful bacterial contaminant that can cause Listeriosis, a type of food poisoning. In pregnant women, the elderly, in children, or those who have a weakened immunity system, Listeriosis can cause more serious medical risks, which can even lead to death and still births.
Consumers who may have the recalled Carol’s Cuts products in their homes are strongly advised to not eat it and instead return it to the store where the product was purchased. Customers will get a refund for doing so. For questions and concerns, customers may call Carol’s Cuts at 913-281-5200, from 8 AM to 5 PM on weekdays.