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Cantaloupes Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk
2012-08-19 07:20:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two are dead and 141 others have fallen ill as a result of a salmonella outbreak that has spread across 20 US states, state and federal health officials told Marc Santora of the New York Times on Saturday. The earliest known illness dates back to July 7, with patients ranging from the ages of one to 92, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Santora. The outbreak, which has been linked to infected cantaloupes...

2012-07-21 23:03:10

Known primarily as a staple of American summer picnics for decades, Watermelon has become a traditional, summertime snack to refresh people across the globe. However, recent medical research as well as information posted at Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com, suggest new health benefits are attributed to several of the enzymes found in this refreshing and sweet summer treat. Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) July 20, 2012 Known primarily as a staple of American summer picnics for decades,...

2012-01-25 12:58:49

The widely used farm practice of grafting watermelon and other melon plants onto squash or pumpkin rootstocks results in larger amounts of certain pesticides in the melon fruit, scientists are reporting in a new study. Although only low amounts of pesticides appeared in the fruit in the study, the scientists advise that commercial farmers use "caution" when grafting watermelon plants to squash in a report that appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Mehmet Isleyen and...

2011-10-02 20:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog is urging consumers in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to be on the lookout for severe flu like symptoms, if they ate cantaloupe purchased prior to September 14th 2011. States where the contaminated Colorado cantaloupes have cause fatalities include New...

2011-10-01 12:00:00

Marler Clark Listeria lawyers have filed a fifth lawsuit in the Jensen Farms Rocky Ford cantaloupe Listeria outbreak. This suit was filed in Maryland on behalf of the family of a man who died of a Listeria infection after he consumed cantaloupe. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 01, 2011 Marler Clark, the nationâs leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, filed a fifth lawsuit [1] Thursday against Jensen Farms and Frontera Produce, the cantaloupe producer and...

Image 1 - Scientists Making Better Melons
2011-09-20 10:24:22

  Drought heats up further interest on tolerant crop With the extended statewide dry spell, researchers at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde and elsewhere have been focusing their attention on improving varieties of more drought-tolerant crops, particularly melons, said the center´s administrator. “We´re looking into improved varieties of melons, such as cantaloupe and honeydew, and are growing and assessing some Spanish and Italian...

2011-08-12 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO) SATURDAY, AUGUST 13: WATERMELON FESTIVAL Profile America -- Saturday, August 13th. Watermelon fans are converging on the town of Rush Springs, Oklahoma, for today's annual Watermelon Festival. The celebration, which began in 1940, is expected to draw 20,000 or more for the day long festivities....

2009-08-31 09:04:43

Melon Acres Inc. of Oaktown, Ind., announced the recall of cantaloupes distributed through Farm-Wey Produce of Lakeland, Fla., due to possible contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the cantaloupes might be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, which can cause series and sometimes fatal infections. The company said the recalled cantaloupes were shipped to Aldi's Supermarket in Greenwood, Ind., and to Meijer Supermarkets in Lansing and Newport, Mich., and Tipp City, Ohio.

2009-08-27 14:56:32

U.S. scientists say they've discovered watermelon juice can be a valuable source of biofuel, with the juice from rejected watermelons fermented into ethanol. U.S. Department of Agriculture research chemist Wayne Fish and a team of scientists at the USDA's South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Lane, Okla., evaluated the biofuel potential of juice from 'cull' watermelons -- those not sold due to cosmetic imperfections. Such melons are currently plowed back into the field. About 20...

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