Melon Recalled After Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 93 People, Hospitalizes 23

April 15, 2019Apr 15, 2019

Caito Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products containing melons due to an outbreak, reported CNN. There is the possibility of salmonella contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. 

A total of 93 cases have been reported in the outbreak. They range from nine states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Twenty-three people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

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

The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and sold under various brands depending on where it was sold. Retailers include Amazon/Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart, and Trader Joe's.

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

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

Salmonella causes 1 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States every year. Symptoms usually begin 12 to 72 hours after consuming the bacteria, and the symptoms can last four to seven days.

The symptoms of the food poison include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, according to the CDC. Most people recover on their own, but patients who experience severe diarrhea may require hospitalization. If severely ill patients are not treated, the illness can be deadly.

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