Del Monte Fresh to sue Oregon Health Authority

Rebecca Prescott30 Aug 2011

Del Monte Fresh Produce has filed a notice to sue Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and one of its officials.

The notice to sue alerts the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division of its conduct and misleading allegations regarding Del Monte Fresh’s imported cantaloupes as the source of a salmonella outbreak earlier this year, despite the lack of sufficient factual basis, according to the company.

The company said: Throughout its history to present day, Del Monte Fresh has committed and remains committed to the quality and safety of its products and consumer satisfaction. The FDA investigation ultimately found no connection between Del Monte Fresh cantaloupes and any cases of salmonella panama, including in Oregon. FDA issued a notice ending the recall on 29 July 2011.

The company insists that Del Monte Fresh’s cantaloupes are farmed, processed, transported and stored under state-of-the-art food safety controls that far exceed FDA regulatory requirements.

Source: Del Monte Fresh Produce