60 people sickened in eight states after eating pre-cut melons
June 10, 2018
Caito Foods is recalling pre-cut fresh watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and mixed fruit containing one of the melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Sixty illnesses have been linked to the strain of Salmonella under investigation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Caito Foods has stopped producing and distributing pre-cut melons as the company and as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues their investigation.
The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.
Because products shipped between April 17 and June 7 could still be on store shelves, the recall is for retailers and consumers.
Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Walmart, Kroger, and Walgreens are among the stores where the pre-cut melons were sold. Click here for a list of products included in this recall.
Eating food contaminated with Salmonella could result in serious illness. It may cause fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Occasionally, Salmonella can get into the bloodstream and cause severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.
The contamination was discovered by analyzing reports made by state departments of public health.
For more information, consumers can 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.
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.
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