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Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Files Notice to Sue Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE:FDP), ("Del Monte Fresh") filed a notice to sue Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division and one of its officials. The Notice to Sue alerts the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division of its conduct and misleading allegations regarding Del Monte Fresh's imported cantaloupes as the source of a Salmonella outbreak earlier this year despite the lack of sufficient factual basis.

For over a hundred years, Del Monte Fresh established itself as a trusted premium brand by supplying high quality, safe food products to consumers worldwide. Del Monte Fresh's cantaloupes are farmed, processed, transported, and stored under state-of-the-art food safety controls that far exceed FDA regulatory requirements. Throughout its history to present day, Del Monte Fresh has committed and remains committed to the quality and safety of its products and consumer satisfaction. Notably, "[t]he FDA investigation ultimately found no connection between Del Monte Fresh cantaloupes and any cases of Salmonella Panama, including in Oregon," the company says. "FDA issued a notice ending the recall on July 29, 2011."

About Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is one of the world's leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union. Fresh Del Monte markets its products worldwide under the Del Monte(R) brand, a symbol of product innovation, quality, freshness and reliability for more than 100 years.

SOURCE: Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.

For Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.
Gary Conkling, 503-544-8997
garyc@cfmpdx.com