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Killer Fruit? Popular Fruit Pulled Off Shelves Across America

By CM Chaney · November 13, 2023

In brief…

  • Trufresh recalling cantaloupes sold in 10 states over salmonella risk
  • Cantaloupes sold October 16-23 under "Malichita" brand
  • Salmonella can cause serious illness in vulnerable groups
  • Consumers should dispose of or return recalled cantaloupes
Trufresh is recalling cantaloupes sold in multiple states in October due to potential salmonella contamination.  Scott Bauer / Wikimedia

Arizona-based produce company Trufresh is recalling all sizes of cantaloupes sold in several U.S. states and Canada from October 16-23 due to potential salmonella contamination.

The “Malichita” branded cantaloupes were distributed to retailers in 10 states and may have reached additional states. Recalled cantaloupes have stickers with PLU codes and “Malichita” in black lettering.

Salmonella can cause serious infections, especially in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Consumers who purchased the recalled cantaloupes should dispose of them or return for a refund. Seek medical care if sickness occurs after consumption.

The recall comes after a similar Canadian recall over salmonella concerns with cantaloupes packaged under the same brand. Trufresh’s investigation revealed its cantaloupes may be associated.