News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 September 15, 2011
CONTACT: Katie McKenna
kmckenna@topsmarkets.com

   
TOPS MARKETS NOT AFFECTED BY JENSEN FARMS’ VOLUNTARY RECALL OF ROCKY FORD CANTALOUPES
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, announced today it is not affected by Jensen Farms’ recent recall of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupes.

On Wednesday, September 14 Jensen Farms of Holly, CO announced that they are voluntarily recalling shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. The company is working with the State of Colorado and the FDA to inform consumers of this recall.

L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). Persons who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are fetuses and neonates who are infected after the mother is exposed to L. monocytogenes during pregnancy, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.

The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA.

“Tops Markets does not receive cantaloupes from Jensen Farms,” said James DiMartino, Tops senior manager of regulatory, environmental services and food safety. “We understand that any recall can cause much concern for our customers. At Tops, food safety is a very high priority and we are committed to protecting the health of our customers."

Consumers with questions may contact Jensen Farms via email at recall@rfordcantaloupe.com or phone 1-800-267-4561 between the hours of 9am and 4pm MST.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 132 full-service supermarkets – 126 company-owned and six franchise locations. With more than 14,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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