Caito Foods recalls pre-cut melons over salmonella; 93 ill

Daniel Fowler
April 14, 2019

The FDA says if you bought the product from one of those stores and it has a best used date of April 19th or earlier, you should throw it out.

"If you can not determine if pre-cut melon you purchased was produced by Caito Foods LLC, don't eat it and throw it away", the CDC advised.

Caito Foods fruit is sold in stores owned by Kroger, Target, Trader Joes, Walmart and Amazon/Whole Foods, officials said.

The news release added that 93 illnesses have so far been connected to Caito Foods products and 23 individuals have been hospitalized.

If Caito Foods is listed as the distributor, the products should not be eaten, according to the FDA.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill.

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Pre-cut melons sold at several stores in MI and around the Midwest is being recalled for possible salmonella risk.

Salmonella can cause illness that includes fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Contamination is possible if raw and cooked foods are stored together. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis. The contaminated melons were produced at the Caito Foods LLC facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Contaminated fruit reportedly distributed in eight states.

A total of 93 cases have been reported in the outbreak, from nine states: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.

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