U.S.: Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon sickens 93 across nine states

April 15 , 2019

Pre-cut melon us being recalled across the U.S., after the fruit was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 93 people in nine states.

The voluntary recall, issued by Caito Foods on Friday, applies to 16 states and includes fresh cut watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew sold in plastic clamshell packaging at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods. The products were produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

No deaths have been reported by the Center for Disease Control, although 23 people have been hospitalized. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 4 - 31.

These products were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Health officials advised consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods. They advised stores to pull the products from shelves.

"If you cannot determine if pre-cut melon you purchased was produced by Caito Foods LLC, don’t eat it and throw it away," the CDC said.

 

 

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