Hannaford Supermarkets is clearing its shelves of cantaloupe from a North Carolina farm that might be contaminated by the bacteria listeria monocytogenes and urging customers who bought the melons to return them to a local store for a refund.
Hannaford is removing Athena cantaloupes grown by Burch Farm from its shelves. The Athena cantaloupe is a variety of the melon grown in the southern eastern United States.
Hannaford and Burch Farms say that no illnesses have been associated with the cantaloupe recall.
The affected cantaloupes are sold as whole cantaloupes. Their labels carry the Burch Farms logo and read “Cantaloupe PLU 4319.”
Hannaford is recommending that customers return those cantaloupes to a local store or dispose of the melons and return the sticker to a store for a full refund.
Listeria, a foodborne pathogen, can cause illness, especially in older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weak immune systems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The cantaloupe recall follows at least two recalls involving Hannaford earlier in July. In one instance, the Scarborough-based grocer issued a recall on meatball products because of a possible listeria contamination. In another, the chain warned customers about a potential salmonella contamination in Cargill beef products.