The company announced the recall on December 7, and it includes its cut pineapple, cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe, and Fruit Luau mix (which contains pre-cut cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes) distributed between November 15 and December 1, 2019.
The FDA is currently investigating 33 cases of salmonella in four hospitals in southeast Pennsylvania. It identified the Fruit Luau mix as "a common food eaten by many case patients."
Though all these cases were reported in Pennsylvania, the FDA report about the recall stated that this fruit can be found in restaurants, banquet facilities, hotels, schools and institutional food service establishments in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Because of where the fruit is served, FDA spokesperson Peter Cassell told CNN that the department was concerned about people who are particularly at risk of being seriously harmed by the symptoms of salmonella, which can include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
"We are particularly worried about foodborne illness when it comes to people who are part of vulnerable populations," he said. "This is something where we wanted to act very quickly."
Facilities are being advised not to serve the fruit and to contact their distributor to ensure the source of their cut fruit. Because it will likely be served without a label, consumers should be on alert if they believe they have been served the recalled mix.
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