Cantaloupes sold locally may contain salmonella

RALEIGH In a news release from the company issued Friday, L&M Companies, Inc. said no illnesses have been reported. The company is working with the FDA to inform consumers about the recall.

The whole melons were sold between May 10 and May 15 in WalMart Supercenter stores in North and South Carolina. The cantaloupes also were sold in a WalMart located at 315 Furr Street in South Hill, Virginia.

If you purchased one of the cantaloupes, you should destroy it immediately and not eat the fruit.

L&M said it issued the recall after a small farm that it purchases cantaloupes from tested positive for salmonella. The farm has not been named and it is not clear if it is a local business.

L&M said it has stopped shipments from the farm and the grower is continuing to investigate the cause of the problem.

"L&M Companies takes food safety seriously, and we are committed to the shoppers who buy our products every day," said Mike McGee, vice president of production and grower development. "We are issuing this recall because we want to ensure that even the slightest risk to public health is minimized."

Consumers with questions may call L&M Companies at 919-981-8003.

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