Amid salmonella outbreak, Dole joins cantaloupe recall

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dole Fresh Fruit Co. has joined firms recalling Honduran cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower after they were linked to an Ohio salmonella outbreak.

Dozens of cases of salmonella in 16 states have sparked the recall of the exported melons. The Food and Drug Administration blocked imports of cantaloupes from Honduras-based Agropecuaria Montelibano after the illnesses were reported.

Two other companies, Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Simply Fresh Fruit Inc., issued recalls of their own this week. Chiquita recalled whole cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by Agropecuaria Montelibano while Simply Fresh Fruit targeted certain cut fruit products.

The Westlake Village, Calif.-based subsidiary of Dole Food Co. says that the recalled cantaloupes were distributed for sale throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.