(NBC News) At least 31 are hospitalized after eating pre-cut melon contaminated with salmonella, federal health officials said Saturday.
It’s likely more cases will turn up, theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention said. It can take days or weeks for food-borne illnesses to get reported. So far, 60 people have been reported ill in five of the eight states the product is known to have been shipped to.
The suspected cut melon products were sold in stores including Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods in eight states, the CDC said.
They are all linked to the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company has recalled the melon.
People should not eat the recalled cut melon or fruit salad products, the CDC said.
“Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio,” the CDC said.
“Check your fridge and freezer for them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund,” the CDC said.
“If you don’t remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don’t eat it and throw it away.” Read the full story at NBC News.
[Easy solution: Buy whole melons and wash them thoroughly before cutting. – Editor]
More on the Salmonella outbreak from Food Safety News …
Illness linked to cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe – Fast Facts
BY BILL MARLER | JUNE 11, 2018
Types of products being recalled
FDA reports fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and freshcut fruit medley products containing any of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, IN, were reportedly sent to the following states:
- North Carolina
Companies Recalling Products:
- Caito Food Distribution
- Gordon Food Service
- Jay C
- Open Acres
- Renaissance Food Group
- SpartanNash Distribution
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods/Amazon
Illnesses reported to date:
CDC reports 60 Salmonella Adelaide illnesses reported in the following states as of the agency’s June 8 report:
- Illinois – 6
- Indiana – 11
- Michigan – 32
- Missouri – 10
- Ohio – 1
Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30, 2018, to May 28, 2018. Illnesses that occurred after May 20 might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of two to four weeks. Details on the victims include:
- Ages 1 – 97
- 65 percent Female
- Date range of illnesses 4-30-18 to 5-28-18
- 66 percent Hospitalized
- No Deaths
Symptoms of Salmonella infections
Foods that are contaminated by pathogens such as Salmonella usually do not look or smell bad. Handling or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click.) Republished with permission of © Food Safety News