Update By Salmonella Lawsuit Lawyer: Second Melon Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Caito Foods LLC
Melons that may be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau were recalled by Caito Foods LLC on April 12, 2019. Melons supplied by Caito Foods LLC are sold to retail locations across the eastern United States. Caito Foods LLC is a supplier based in Indianapolis, Indiana with fresh produce distribution centers in both Indianapolis and Lakeland, Florida. 137 cases were reported in Alabama, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
38 individuals were hospitalized by this contamination and there were no instances of fatality.
The list of fresh-cut fruits recalled by the supplier include cantaloupe, watermelon, honey dew melon, and any mixed fruit products with one or more of the above from the Caito Foods distribution centers. Caito Foods, LLC has temporarily postponed the production and distribution of these recalled goods and businesses carrying these products were instructed to remove them from stores on April 11, 2019.
The FDA advises consumers of these recalled items to call their local health department in the case that symptoms should appear and follow steps to prevent food-borne illnesses in the future. These steps include washing and sanitizing any utensils or tools that may have had contact with recalled products, washing and sanitizing kitchen surfaces, and washing hands with soap and warm water.
The FDA mentions a similar occurrence in 2018 that resulted in 36 hospitalizations from contaminated pre-cut melons recalled by the same supplier: Caito Foods, LLC.
There seems to be a link to these two incidents considering the shared supplier in both situations as well as the same recalled items. Should the incident have been the first, the situation may have carried less weight, but the seriousness of this second-time contamination deserves greater attention not only to the food in question but the supplier as well.
The end of the outbreak was officially announced on May 24, 2019.