De Soto officials: District’s cantaloupe supply is safe

The De Soto school district’s student nutrition department assured parents last week that an active cantaloupe recall did not affect the district.

Cantaloupes infected with listeria are responsible for up to 16 deaths, according to the Associated Press. The cantaloupes are limited to a farm in Colorado that does not supply the district, student nutrition director Amy Droegemeier said in a news release.

The district’s produce vendor, C&C Produce, only purchases cantaloupe from California and Arizona. Droegemeier said the district only purchases whole cantaloupes and thoroughly washes the rinds before cutting them.

“As parents and grandparents, my staff and I feel the same anxiety as everyone else about this issue,” Droegemeier said in the release.

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