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Pacific Trellis Fruit Recalls Cantaloupes


On December 1, 2023, Pacific Trellis Fruit, LLC, recalled approximately 4,872 cases of Malichita brand whole cantaloupe that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division strongly recommends that food program operators take precautions to ensure these products are not served or consumed and instead are disposed of per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Please note that per the FDA these products are not USDA Foods items.

The following information is directly from the FDA:

Los Angeles, CA, December 1, 2023…Pacific Trellis Fruit, LLC is initiating a voluntary recall of 4,872 cases of Malichita brand whole cantaloupe. The voluntary recall is due to the FDAs ongoing investigation of an outbreak involving Malichita brand cantaloupe. The cantaloupes have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The products were distributed between October 18th - 26th in California, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, and Canada and sold in various retail supermarkets. The whole cantaloupe is packed in corrugated cartons, the price look-up sticker is labeled “Malichita.”

For further information on this recall, please visit the FDA Safety Alert Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Contact Information

Consumers or program operators with questions about the cantaloupe recall can call the Pacific Trellis Fruit, LLC by phone at 323-859-9600.

If you have any other questions regarding this subject, please contact Jeremy Partsch, Office Technician, by phone at 916-322-3005 or by email at jpartsch@cde.ca.gov.
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 7, 2023
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