U.S. finds more salmonela in Honduras cantaloupes

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

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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.
"Several months passed without them saying anything, and now they come and accuse another Honduras company," said the President of the National Industralists Association, Adolfo Facussé. "We are very concerned about this."
Honduras exports about 35 million dollars worth of watermelons and cantaloupe to the United States and Europe each year. The industry provides about 5,000 jobs.

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