Pre-cut melon recalled amid salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 100 people in 9 states


Caito Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling pre-cut melon after nearly 100 people in nine states were sickened in a salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

A total of 93 people were sickened and 23 people were hospitalized in nine states, according to the CDC.

The pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit were sold at Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart, Trader Joes and other stores, officials said. 

The melons were produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis and have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, older adults, and others with weakened immune systems.

They were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and sold under various brands and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to the FDA.

A full list of the recalled products is available on the FDA website.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, according to the FDA.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis, according to the FDA.

Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.  Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product.

The potential that these products are contaminated with Salmonella was discovered through information gathered by state departments of public health.

Consumers seeking information should call 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

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