FDA Confirms Salmonella In The Melons

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has come out and confirmed that melons from Agropecuaria Montelibano in Honduras have tested positive for salmonella.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Back on March 22, the FDA put out an import alert in regards to the melons, stating that they had traceback evidence showing the product was linked to salmonella.

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US reopens market to Honduran melons

September 2008

The US reopened its melon market to the Montelibano Company after their exports were suspended more than five months ago due to suspicion of salmonella.

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Hector, Hernandez, explained that "by following the instructions of the FDA" which sent investigators to the farms and installations of Montelibano, the company began to plant new melon plantations for export in December, January, and February.

FDA to lift health alert on Honduran melons

August 2008

In the next few days a Honduran delegation will travel to Washington to obtain the investigating body's decision.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States may lift the health warning that was issued for Honduran melons, once the Agrolibano company has complied with all the measures required to avoid salmonella contamination.

Honduras: FDA to supervise harvesting of melons.

August 2008

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.

FDA verdict on Honduran melons to be announced this week

April 2008

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.

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.

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