The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announceda nationwide foodborne illness outbreak investigation tied to cut melons. As of April 12, 2019, 93 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau have been reported from nine states: Alabama 1, Illinois 5, Indiana 18, Kentucky 16, Michigan 19, Minnesota 3, Missouri 3, Ohio 27, Wisconsin 1. The investigation has linked the illness to cut melons supplied by Caito Foods LLC of Indianapolis, IN. Recalled is fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew, fresh cut cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit containing melon distributed by Caito Foods.
Caito Foods LLC distributed cut melon to a wide range of retailers including Amazon/Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Trader Joe’s (cantaloupe only), and Walmart, as well as food service and other distributors. Product distributed to grocery retailers is in clear clamshell packaging. Because the product does not carry any one distinctive label, consumers are urged to carefully review information provided by Caito Foods and appearing in the FDA recall notice. A recall notice from Trader Joe’s shows a label of the affected product.
Ill people range in age from less than one to 98 years, with a median age of 53. Most of those affected (57%) are female and there are reports of hospitalization rates as high as 43%. No deaths have been reported.Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Others infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Anyone reporting symptoms of salmonellosis should visit their doctor.
Be sure to check your refrigerator for this recalled product!