Food shoppers should be aware of two recalls, one for cheese and one for melons, of an undetermined volume.

Specifically, a number of cheese products that could contain the potentially fatal listeria and a batch of cantaloupes with salmonella have led to recalls of products from grocers nationwide.

The two distributing companies to watch out for: Quesos Mi Pueblito (cheese) and Melon Acres (melons). 

Don't Say Cheese

The recalled cheese products were produced by New Jersey-based Quesos Mi Pueblito and were distributed to retail stores and wholesalers in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. The affected products have sell-by dates from Feb. 2 to the present.

Consumers can return the recalled products to their place of purchase to receive a full refund, and can contact the company with any questions at (973) 473-4494.

While no illnesses have been reported from the listeria monocytogenes, the organism can cause high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and the elderly, as well as miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.

Bad Melons

Separately, the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in a batch of cantaloupes distributed to an Aldi store in Greenwood, Ind. and Meijer stores in Lansing, Mich.; Newport, Mich., and Tipp City, Ohio.

The recalled cantaloupes were shipped Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 after an FDA testing found that one of a sample of twenty cantaloupes taken by that Agency tested positive for salmonella. The FDA didn’t report the positive test to the company, Melon Acres, until Aug. 21.

Salmonella can cause fever, gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea and vomiting and serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and the elderly. If it gets into the blood stream, salmonella could lead to more severe illnesses including infected aneurysms.  There have been no reports of related illnesses, however.

Melon Acres is working with the FDA to identify the source of contamination, and no more shipments will be made from the affected field.

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