US reopens market to Honduran melons

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.

Monday, September 1, 2008

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

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

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