Melon-Related Salmonella Outbreak Cases Occur In Minnesota, Wisconsin

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 14, 2019

On April 12, 2019, Caito Foods, Inc. recalledExternal pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods LLC facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

Salmonella contamination concerns have prompted the recall of some melon products sold at Walmart, Target, GFS, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and other stores in 16 states including OH and Pennsylvania.

An outbreak of salmonella in at least nine states that's infected 93 people has been traced to pre-cut melon, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

CDC officials are advising people to not eat pre-cut melon sold under various brand names at many stores.

In Wisconsin the contaminated fruit went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's but also Gordon Food Service stores which can be found in our region. Otherwise, health people infected with salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

No illnesses linked to the fruit had been reported in Pennsylvania at that time. Ill people range in age from less than one to 98 years, with a median age of 53.

However, some people may become so ill that they need to be hospitalized. Consumers are advised not the consume the product and to promptly dispose of any remaining product.

People younger than 5 and older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to the illness.

A full list of recalled products, including the brand, product label and retailer where sold, is included below. "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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