Restrictions on Honduran melons lifted

The Government confirmed that the US and Europe have suspended the ban that was in place due to suspected salmonella contamination.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock, Hector Hernandez, explained that they have already exported five containers of melon to the US.

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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.

U.S. finds more salmonela in Honduras cantaloupes

July 2008

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it has again found salmonella in cantaloupes, this time from the Honduras company Suragro.

The FDA has not made public the results of laboratory field tests carried out on the Montelíbano cantaloupes , the company whose product first showed signs of salmonella last March.

Guatemalan Melons Withdrawn from U.S. Stores

March 2011

It is suspected to be contaminated with salmonella; Del Monte recalled about five thousand boxes of melon.

Melons from Asuncion Mita, Jutiapa, were distributed at Costco supermarkets in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

"Del Monte said it has placed melons from the farm in isolation so that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can continue to research which part of the supply was contaminated, " reported.

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.

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