BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says 48,000 pounds of cantaloupe donated to the public in southern Idaho may have been contaminated with listeria, but most of it has probably already been eaten or thrown away.

Department spokeswoman Emily Simnitt wrote in the press release that officials learned Thursday the recalled cantaloupe had been distributed in the state in late August. Public health officials are currently investigating one Idaho illness that may be linked to the outbreak, but say the victim -- a woman in her 60s -- has since recovered.

The department says the melons were shipped from Jensen Farms of Colorado to Select Express in Aberdeen. They were too ripe to be commercially sold, so Select Express donated the fruit between Aug. 28 and Sept. 2.

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