Melon recalled over possible salmonella

Melon recalled over possible salmonella

As of April 12, 2019, 93 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau have been reported from nine states - Alabama 1, IL 5, IN 18, Kentucky 16, MI 19, Minnesota 3, Missouri 3, OH 27, Wisconsin 1.

Salmonella contamination concerns have prompted the recall of some melon products sold at Walmart, Target, GFS, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and other stores in 16 states including OH and Pennsylvania. Retailers include Amazon/Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart and Trader Joe's.

"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 illness typically lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover on their own.

No illnesses linked to the fruit had been reported in Pennsylvania at that time.

People younger than 5 and older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to the illness.

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For a complete list of products, stores and UPC codes for recalled items, go to the following link.

The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The products were made at the Caito Foods Indianapolis plant.

The symptoms including diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. It was sold on Amazon.com under the Whole Foods label.

"We are continuing to aggressively investigate the source of the product in order to determine where the melons were sourced from and how they became contaminated", Frank Yiannas, the FDA's deputy commissioner, said in a statement.

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