Alabamian among those affected by salmonella outbreak from pre-cut melon

Cornelia Mascio
Апреля 16, 2019

"Caito Foods has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigations", the FDA said in its announcement.

A recall has been issued for melon products sold in 16 states, including NY, after being linked to a salmonella outbreak, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says the melons may be infected with SalmonellaCarrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

"Salmonella Carrau is a rare type of salmonella and has been historically seen in imported melon", the agency noted.

The outbreak was linked to cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at stores like Kroger, Target, Walmart, and Amazon/Whole Foods under various labels. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

A recall has been issued for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The last case to be reported was March 31, and the states containing affected patients are Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it. Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product, instructs the FDA.

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