Fresh-Cut Melon Is Being Recalled in 16 States Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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The United States Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating a recall of fresh-cut melon due to potential salmonella contaminations, based on a release issued last Friday. The products in recall include watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and fruit mixes that contain any of the three. Distributed by Indianapolis-based facility Caito Foods LLC, these products have been sold at retailers including Target, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Amazon/Whole Foods, and Kroger across the following 16 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. You can view a detailed product list here.

So far, 93 cases of linked illnesses have been reported across nine states; of these, 23 people have been hospitalized, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The reports ranged between March 4, 2019 and March 31, 2019.

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Last June, Caito Foods issued a similar product recall after 60 people across five states had reported cases of illnesses, according to the Huffington Post. "Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers," said the FDA in a release. "Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product." The fresh-cut melons in recall have been packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

Most people who are infected with salmonella will experience symptoms of diarrhea, fevers, and stomach cramping anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Children young than five years and adults older than 65 are more prone to having severe reactions due to weaker immune systems. The illness can last up to a week and while most will recover without any treatment, you should contact your doctor if you have concerns or suspect you have been infected.