Thursday, August 16, 2012

Possible Listeria again in Cantaloupe!

Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina, is correcting the variety of cantaloupe involved in recalls initiated on July 28 and August 2, 2012. Previous announcements incorrectly identified the cantaloupes as being the Athena variety. The cantaloupes affected by the recall are the Caribbean Gold variety.  The firm voluntarily recalled 580 cases of cantaloupes on July 28, and voluntarily recalled an additional 13,888 cases of cantaloupes (9 cantaloupes per case) and 581 bins of cantaloupes (110 cantaloupes per bin) on August 2, due to the potential for being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Melons affected by this recall total 188,902.

The whole Caribbean Gold variety cantaloupes were shipped between July 15th and July 27th and distributed in FL, GA, IL, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC and VA. The whole cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading Burch Farms referencing PLU # 4319. All cantaloupes involved in the recall were grown by Burch Farms, however some of the cantaloupes may have been identified with a “Cottle Strawberry, Inc.” sticker referencing PLU #4319. Cottle Farms is not involved in this recall. Cantaloupes from Burch Farms were shipped in both corrugated boxes (9 cantaloupe per case) and in bulk bins.

Burch Equipment LLC is requesting any consumer that may have one of these cantaloupes to discard the product.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sorry, I have been out to sea!

  The "American Phoenix" owned by MOTC. Crewed by Seabulk Tankers.
Sorry for not posting anything lately.  Well, more than lately, for over a month.  For the past month I have been out of the zone of things.  July 5th I took a flight out of Orlando and went to Mobile to work on the American Phoenix in the BAE Shipyard in Mobile, AL.  It has been a busy and very demanding past month.  Lots to do and long days getting the Galley on this new tanker put together.  And, we also feed close to 70 people working on board.  We spend two trips out into the Gulf of Mexico doing sea trials getting this new vessel in working condition.  Speaking of conditions, the galley was a real challenge.  Not designed as well as I would have wanted it, but, with the help of two hand picked crew members, we did our best to get it equipped and feed all the crew and others working.  More to be posted later. Getting things caught up. It will take a while.