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By Dana Dean

St. Louis (KSDK) -- Grocery stores carried cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado. That's where health officials say a national Listeria outbreak began.

St. Louis-based Schnucks received more than 5,000 cantaloupes from Jensen Farms. They were last in stores on September 5th.

A store spokesperson says they are trying to pinpoint which of their stores carried the product.

Aldi also received cantaloupes from Jensen Farms. They have since replaced the recalled product with one from other regions.

A doctor at Children's Hospital says it takes about a month for any sign to show up. He says people with weak immune systems- like elderly people, pregnant women, and newborn babies- are more at risk for Listeria.

The doctor says there's only one symptom of Listeria- fever.

The doctor says Listeria is consumed with food and stays in a person's gastrointestinal tract for a while. People with normal immune symptoms may contain it but may never have it go beyond the gastrointestinal tract. The doctor says the only way for people to know if they have Listeria is to get a medical examination.

Here are statements given to us via email by the following grocery stores when we asked if they are affected by the recall of Jensen Farms cantaloupe:

Schnucks:

While Schnucks did receive two small loads of the cantaloupes, they have long since been out of our system. In fact, they were long gone by the time the recall notice was received. Here is the timeline:

The first Jensen Farms load was delivered to our warehouse on 8/20 (560 cases, 9 per case) and the second and final load on 8/25 (84 cases). These loads went out to stores immediately. Cantaloupe has a shelf life of 7 to 10 days. That puts us at Sept. 4/5 at the absolute latest time any of these cantaloupes would have been available to our customers.

At this time, we are working through our systems in an effort to try to pinpoint which stores may have received fruit from this supplier. It's difficult when you are trying to trace one particular supplier's load of cantaloupes among several suppliers and thousands of cantaloupes. That is particularly true when the notification came to us on Sept. 15, long after the product was out of commerce. If we had received noticed earlier, we would have had a much better way of tracking this product.

Because this is a new cantaloupe supplier for us, it is quite possible that individual produce managers in our stores would know that they never received the Jensen Farms product. But, at this point, we cannot confirm that. Again, we are working through our system to try and determine which stores may have received the Jensen Farms cantaloupe.

Aldi:

In cooperation with the Jensen Farms previously announced recall, ALDI has voluntarily recalled all fresh cantaloupes from the Rocky Ford, Colo., growing region that were sold in its U.S. stores. The voluntary recall is associated with the Sept. 14, 2011, cantaloupe recall by Jensen Farms due to potential Listeria contamination.

On Sept. 13, our supplier Frontera Produce notified ALDI that we had received cantaloupes from the Rocky Ford region. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our customers, ALDI immediately removed all cantaloupes from store shelves, regardless of its growing origin. Product then was replaced on the sales floor with cantaloupes grown in other geographic regions. Cantaloupes currently in ALDI stores are not subject to this voluntary recall.

The cantaloupes affected by this voluntary recall were sold individually in the fresh produce section in ALDI stores. The whole cantaloupes have a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please discard the product as a precautionary measure.

Jensen Farms distributed the recalled product to the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

Dierbergs:

Dierbergs does not-and has not-carried the Colorado cantaloupes named in the current recall for Listeria. We carry California-grown cantaloupes.

Due to the serious nature of the recall and widespread media coverage, we have taken steps to ease customer concerns and to communicate that we do not carry the recalled product. Among our efforts: the below media alert, Facebook posts, web page alerts... and signage at the displays.

Sav-A-Lot:

At Save-A-Lot Food Stores the safety of our customers is our highest priority. We are closely monitoring this situation and want to assure our customers that we are not currently impacted this recall. We will continue to look to the manufacturer and the FDA for further guidance.

Edible Arrangements:

With the recent news related to the recall of Jensen Farms cantaloupe (from Holly, CO shipped from July 29 to September 10, 2011), Edible ArrangementsĀ® wants you to know that we have screened our entire cantaloupe supply and that you can feel confident purchasing product from us. We also want to reiterate that we take food safety very seriously. As the Fruit Experts, we want you to know what we do to ensure our products are top quality at all times.

Edible Arrangements only purchases produce from reputable growers and fruit distributors across North America that share our commitment to food safety. Our suppliers help us to ensure our quality fruit can be traced all the back to the field. Once the fruit arrives at our locations, it is washed and scrubbed thoroughly before it is peeled. Only then do our Fruit Experts begin crafting your arrangement. Our stores follow rigorous food safety and handling procedures during preparation of your fresh fruit arrangement to ensure we are providing our customers the cleanest, freshest fruit possible. Our arrangements are then wrapped and transported in a refrigerated vehicle to deliver the best quality product right to your door.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, cantaloupe that did not come from Jensen Farms in Colorado is safe to consume.

 

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