Del Monte takes FDA to court over new canteloupe rules

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Del Monte takes FDA to court over new canteloupe rules

U.S. company Del Monte has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), following Guatemalan canteloupe import changes based on suspected Salmonella contamination.

The company has sought an injunction with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, claiming the FDA's decision to halt imports was not based on scientific evidence.

"Del Monte Fresh Produce places the highest priority on food safety and protecting customers. We require all of our suppliers to comply with all FDA recommended food safety procedures, including the FDA’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, as well as the FDA’s Sanitary Standard Operating Procedures," said Del Monte marketing vice president Dennis Christou.

"The farm and packing facility at issue in this case was in full compliance with these food safety procedures. The restrictions imposed by the FDA on Del Monte Fresh Produce’s ability to import cantaloupes are unnecessary and not supported by the facts."

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