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Del Monte Fresh and FDA Reach Amicable Resolution over Cantaloupe Imports

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The FDA lifted a ban on Del Monte Fresh Produce cantaloupes imported from a facility in Guatemala on Tuesday, the same day that Del Monte Fresh dropped its lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration for the ban.

The FDA would only say that the two events represented an ‘amicable resolution” to the dispute, and not whether the ban lift was related to the dropped lawsuit.

Del Monte Fresh Produce has not dropped legal action against the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and senior epidemiologist, Dr. William E. Keene. Del Monte has said that discussions are ongoing regarding that case, Cronkite News reported.

Epidemiologists from several states were working with the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked Del Monte cantaloupes to a March outbreak of a rare strain of salmonella. That outbreak made 20 people sick in 10 states.

Del Monte issued a voluntary limited recall of the Guatemalan cantaloupes on March 22, saying, “they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Panama.” On July 15, the FDA issued an import alert for the cantaloupes.

Del Monte then issued an 84-page letter to the FDA showing safe practices and results of a third-party review showing that their produced tested negative for salmonella. One week later, it filed suit against the FDA, and then a lawsuit against Keene, and the Oregon department. disclaimer: This article: Del Monte Fresh and FDA Reach Amicable Resolution over Cantaloupe Imports was posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 7:10 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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