Food Recalls: Fresno Cantaloupe and Dry Ricotta Cheese from New York

The cantaloupes were distributed by DFI Marketing, of Fresno. The cheese was sold to Whole Foods Markets by Forever Cheese, of Long Island City, New York.

Cantaloupes and ricotta cheese that might be contaminated with bacteria are among food items that are being recalled this week, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The cantaloupes were distributed by the Fresno company DFI Marketing, Inc. They are being voluntarily recalled because the bacteria salmonella was found on a sample tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Infants, young children, and frail or elderly people are at risk for potentially fatal infections.

The cantaloupe recall, issued Wednesday, applies only to fruit packed by DFI on Aug. 26, 2012. The melons would have been distributed from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10. They are packed in cartons that display the DFI brand and are stamped “826 California Westside” in black.

They were distributed in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico.

The ricotta cheese, sold at Whole Foods stores in Tarzana and La Jolla, was recalled Wednesday by the New York company Forever Cheese.

It was sold under the name Ricotta Salata Frescolina (pictured here) at Whole Foods stores in several states, including the two locations in California. The cheese was recalled because it might contain the listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The bacteria causes a sometimes-fatal infection, with symptoms that include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Like salmonella, it can be fatal for people with compromised immune systems, including infants, children and the elderly.

This cheeses is a dry form of ricotta that is salted and wedges, to be grated later by the customer and used in cooking. The wedges sold at Whole Foods were wrapped in clear plastic and marked PLU 293427. 

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