You May Want To Throw Out Your Pre-Cut Melons After Recent Salmonella Outbreak

IMPORTANT WARNING FROM THE CDC!!! Three days ago (June 8th), Caito Foods LLC. issued a statement recalling pre-cut melon products.  Over 60 people, across eight different states, were infected with Salmonella.

This warning was issued to consumers and retailers in the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio

Among the 60 affected include 6 people in Illinois, 11 in Indiana, 32 in Michigan, 10 in Missouri, and 1 in Ohio. So far, no one has gotten sick in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.   However the recalled products were distributed in those areas. The CDC is warning consumers to be careful, in those areas.

Just in time for summer when everyone wants fresh fruit the recall is on  fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley cups.

“In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill,” the CDC report explained.

“Twenty-five (64%) of 39 people interviewed reported eating pre-cut melon purchased from grocery stores, including cantaloupe, watermelon, or fruit-salad mix with melon.”

“An additional seven people reported consuming melons but did not specify if it was pre-cut.”

Items produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indiana, Illinois has been tracked as the manufacturer of the recalled fruit.

All recalled products were sold in clear containers from the following retailers and were supplied by Caito Foods:

  • Costco
  • Jay C.
  • Kroger
  • Payless
  • Owen’s
  • Sprouts
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods/Amazon

Consumers should toss out any pre-cut melons purchases at these stores.  Other states and stores are being investigated to confirm if they were affected as well.

“Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund,” the report explains.

CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.

  • Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.
  • However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

If you can’t remember where you bought your fruit, just throw it away.  It’s always better to be safe then sorry.

If you think a product might be included in the recall, you can check by looking for the item’s UPC (the number beneath the sales barcode) in the table. The list can be viewed here.

Source: Gizmodo

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