Food Lion cantaloupes recalled
by Staff Reports
Burch Equipment LLC previously announced a recall of Athena variety whole cantaloupes because the fruits may contain listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can lead to a serious infection called listeriosis, which causes fever and muscle aches accompanied sometimes by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The illness primarily affects older people, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.
No confirmed illnesses have been associated with the recall, according to Burch Equipment.
The produce supplier expanded the list of affected stores this week, adding 463 Food Lion stores, including those in Boone, Blowing Rock and Deep Gap.
Food Lion has removed all Athena variety cantaloupes from its shelves, but customers who may have previously purchased the fruits are urged to dispose of them and return the sticker to their local Food Lion stores for a full refund.
If stickered, the label on the affected items will reference Burch Farm and read “Cantaloupe PLU 4319.”
The cantaloupes are grown in the southeastern United States.