FDA verdict on Honduran melons to be announced this week

The Agrolíbano company could learn as early as this week whether it will be able to resume exporting its melons to the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will notify it once the results of its analysis of the production system of the fruit in the affected finca are completed. Its exports had been banned due to a suspected outbreak of salmonella.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The American Ambassador to Honduras, Charles Ford, has confirmed that he has been in touch with FDA officials to see how the investigation is progressing. "I can't say for sure, but I have the impression that it will be in the next week," he said of the decision.
FDA technicians arrived in Honduras three weeks ago to review Agrolíbano's seeding, harvesting and packing procedures.
The finca's melons were banned on March 22, when the FDA declared that Agrolíbano's fruit was infected. There have been 50 reported cases of salmonella in humans, which the FDA says were traced to Agrolíbano's product.
Honduras President Manuel Zelaya blamed the salmonella outbreak on poor handling techniques in American supermarkets. He said the ban has caused 1,500 layoffs, and company owner Miguel Molina said it has cost the company losses of 7 million dollars.
Venezuela has offered to by the fruit rejected by American importers.



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The U.S. Food Administration (FDA) prevented the entry of melons grown in Asuncion Mita, Guatemala.

Del Monte Fresh Produce decided to sue the agency after it put a lock out order on the melons from the plant that Del Monte has in Guatemala.

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Honduras: FDA to supervise harvesting of melons.

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Experts from the US Food and Drugs Administration will arrive in the country in October.

The objective is to verify whether or not the melon farms are in compliance with the security health measures required by the United States.

In March, the FDA suspended the exportation of melons to the United States by the Montelibano Company and by the Lavaderos company on the 4th of June, because it allegedly found that their products were contaminated with salmonella.

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