Source of Salmonella Outbreak: Pre-Cut Melon
Pre-cut melons from Caito Foods LLC have been recalled. According to the FDA, these pre-cut melons were sold in retail stores in 16 states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin (FDA).
The contaminated melons from the Indianapolis-based company Caito Foods LLC included cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, and assortment melon/fruit mixes. The products are packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers.
Because the retailer who sells the potentially contaminated melons is independent, you need to look at the label description on the back packaging of the packaged melons to identify the brand information (whether or not the container of pre-cut melons were from Caito Foods LLC).
If you purchased pre-cut melons from Caito Foods LLC recently, do not consume the melons and dispose of the package of pre-cut melons immediately. After disposing of the potentially contaminated pre-cut melons, it is a good idea to give your refrigerator a thorough cleaning. Here is a link from the Center of Disease Control explaining how to clean your refrigerator after a food recall, like this recent recall on pre-cut melons: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/clean-refrigerator-steps.html
If you think you got sick from eating contaminated pre-cut melon, contact your healthcare provider immediately. The contamination of the pre-cut melons is attributed to the foodborne bacteria Salmonella Carrau.
Salmonellosis is an infection from Salmonella affecting the intestinal tract. Ingesting food contaminated with Salmonella can result in severe illnesses including “arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis” (FDA).
According to the Mayo Clinic, here are the symptoms of an infection from Salmonella:
For more information about salmonella infections, visit the Mayo Clinic’s webpage here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/salmonella/symptoms-causes/syc-20355329