Salmonella in the Cantaloupes

It’s true, some Honduran cantaloupes have tested positive for salmonella. More from David Mitchell of ThePacker:
The FDA issued an import alert March 22 after traceback evidence linked product from Honduran grower-shipper Agropecuaria Montelibano with a salmonella litchfield outbreak that caused 50 reported illnesses in 16 states between Jan. 18 and March 5.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a health hazard alert on the same day, saying the product had been linked to nine illnesses in five provinces.

Agropecuaria Montelibano and Honduran government officials protested after the U.S. blocked imports of the melons, saying the FDA had no physical evidence.

FDA spokesman Sebastian Cianci, however, said the agency started to escalate its melon sampling as reports of illnesses increased. The positive test for salmonella freetown was taken from an import sample of Agropecuaria Montelibano’s product on March 12, he said.
Sad, but don’t let it stop you from eating these super foods. Dr. Fuhrman loves cantaloupes. He talks about them:
Cantaloupes are another vitamin powerhouse. With only 56 calories a cup, one gets a huge amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene as well as folate, potassium, fiber, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6.
And, Kimberly Garrison of The Philadelphia Daily News lists cantaloupes as one of her fruit faves. Here’s her list:
  • Pineapple: High in magnesium, vitamins C and B1.
  • Watermelon: High in vitamins C, A, B6 and B1.
  • Papaya: High in vitamin C, folate and potassium.
  • Strawberries: High in vitamin C, magnesium and fiber.
  • Blueberries: High in vitamin C, magnesium and fiber.
  • Blackberries: High in vitamins C and E, potassium and fiber.
  • Raspberries: High in magnesium, vitamin C and fiber.
  • Cantaloupe: High in vitamins A and C, and potassium.
  • Avocado: High in vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium and folate.
  • Mango: High in vitamins A and C, potassium and beta-carotene.
All of those are great! But, back to cantaloupe, show them some love and try this quick and easy recipe. Check it out:
Cantaloupe Slush
1 Cantaloupe
2 Cups ice
6-8 dates
Blend the ingredients together in a Vita-Mix or other high-powered blender or food processor until smooth. The same drink can be made with peaches or nectarines. Date sugar can be used instead of the dates.
Thank goodness good weather is coming. Off-season cantaloupes leave a lot to be desired—hooray for spring!
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