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Food Lion, Reid’s Produce Supplier Expands Recall of Athena Variety Cantaloupes

Recalled Products Were Sold at Food Lion Stores in Seven States and Reid’s Stores in South Carolina

Aug. 3, 2012

SALISBURY, N.C. — A North Carolina produce supplier that provides produce to select Food Lion and Reid’s stores announced today it has expanded its recent recall of Athena variety cantaloupes.

Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina previously announced a recall of Athena variety cantaloupes because the product may contain listeria monocytogenes, and the company today expanded its recall to include additional cantaloupes. Food Lion and Reid’s were not a part of the initial recall notice. No confirmed illnesses have been associated with either recall, according to Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina.

Food Lion and Reid’s received notification of the expanded recall from the produce supplier this afternoon and immediately removed all Athena variety cantaloupes from shelves. If stickered, the label on the affected items will reference Burch Farm and read: “Cantaloupe PLU 4319.” Athena cantaloupes, a variety grown in the Southeastern United States, are a whole cantaloupe produce item.

The expanded recall affects 463 Food Lion stores, including:

  • 234 North Carolina locations, primarily in the greater Charlotte and High Point-Greensboro-Winston-Salem areas;
  • 118 South Carolina locations, mostly in Augusta, Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach;
  • 45 locations in Virginia;
  • 32 locations in Tennessee;
  • 27 locations in Georgia;
  • Four locations in West Virginia; and,
  • Three Kentucky locations.

The 11 Reid’s locations in South Carolina were also included in the expanded recall. A full list of locations is available at Store List.

Customers who may have purchased the recalled product are urged to dispose of the item and return the sticker to their local Food Lion or Reid’s stores for a full refund.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG). Food Lion operates more than 1,100 supermarkets in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, and employs approximately 57,000 associates. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

About Reid’s
Reid’s is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG) and operates 11 stores in South Carolina. For more information, visit www.reidsgroceries.com .

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