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FDA Cantaloupe Restrictions Prompt Del Monte Lawsuit

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Del Monte Fresh, a subsidiary of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking an immediate injunction to stop the agencies restrictions on cantaloupe imported from Guatemala.

The lawsuit alleges the FDA’s decision to impose restrictions based on “erroneous speculation, unsupported by scientific evidence…threatens the viability of a major import source for cantaloupes.”

The FDA issued an import warning against the Fresh Asuncion Mita Guatemala, after Del Monte recalled the cantaloupe because the FDA reported finding a link between the fruit and 12 cases of salmonella.

Del Monte vice president of marketing said that “neither the FDA nor any state health agency in the U.S. has offered evidence or data to support the FDA action,” and that suppliers are required to follow the FDA food safety guides. He also said in a news release that “The farm and packing facility at issue in this case was in full compliance with these food safety procedures…The restrictions imposed by the FDA on Del Monte Fresh Produce’s ability to import cantaloupes are unnecessary and not supported by the facts.” disclaimer: This article: FDA Cantaloupe Restrictions Prompt Del Monte Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 7:41 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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