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In recent years, there have been several foodborne outbreaks associated with melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc). The most recent outbreak, occurring in April and May 2001, involved a total of 46 illnesses in 14 states; there were 2 deaths associated with the outbreak. Many of the illnesses have been associated with cantaloupe consumption.
Recommendations for Foodservice Operations
Recommendation for Consumers
Use a cooler with ice or use ice gel packs when transporting or storing perishable food outdoors, including cut fresh fruits and vegetables.
Following these steps will help reduce the risk of foodborne illness from fresh produce.