September 2, 2021

FDA Fresh-Cut Cantaloupe Assignment Update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently conducting an assignment to collect and test 240 samples of domestically produced fresh-cut cantaloupe from processors, warehouses and distribution centers. This assignment began in late June and will continue over the next 12 months. The target pathogens are Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

The assignment includes an inspection component, as FDA investigators will be conducting preventive controls inspections to identify potential sources and routes of contamination. Investigators are not expected to collect at retail locations, growing operations or packinghouses, unless warranted.

The FDA will analyze the data and plans to publish a summary report of the assignment’s findings at the completion of the Fresh-Cut Cantaloupe Assignment.

If you have any questions or comments about this assignment, please reach out to Western Growers Science at [email protected]