Melon Products Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Recalled

Marco Green
April 14, 2019

The precut fruit - cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon - was processed at a Caito Foods LLC facility in Indianapolis, Ind., according to the FDA.

That facility distributes its fruits to 16 states, including Pennsylvania.

Caito Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products containing one of these melons due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. They advised stores to pull the products from shelves.

The recalled pre-cut melons were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

Health officials recommend throwing out or returning pre-cut melon products from Caito Foods.

For a complete list of products, stores and UPC codes for recalled items, go to the following link.

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

Most people with salmonella experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness can last up to a week, although most people recover without treatment.

Information collected from stores where ill people shopped indicates that Caito Foods LLC supplied pre-cut melon to these stores.

The strain can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people or people with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA statement. Consumers are advised not the consume the product and to promptly dispose of any remaining product. "As our investigation unfolds, we're advising consumers to take action now by discarding any implicated pre-cut melon product that may still be in their fridge or freezer".

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