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What to Know About the Melon Salmonella Scare

It's affecting 16 states.


Pre-cut melon is being recalled across the country after the fruit was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 93 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The voluntary recall, issued by Caito Foods on Friday, includes fresh cut watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew sold in plastic clamshell packaging at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods.

“These products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote in a statement.

The agency added that Salmonella Carrau is rare but that side effects include nausea, vomiting, and fever. So far, no deaths have been reported–however, 23 of the salmonella cases have resulted in hospitalization.

According to Caito Foods, 16 states have been affected by the recall: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

While the company has stopped production and distribution of the packaged fruit after the salmonella was detected, it’s possible that there are still affected products in stores. The FDA urges consumers to check the packaging to see if it was distributed by Caito Foods and warns anyone who purchased the fruit not to consume it and to dispose of it immediately.

It isn’t the first time that Caito Foods has recalled pre-cut fruit due to salmonella concerns. Last summer, the company pulled fresh melon and fruit salad from shelves after 31 people were hospitalized due to the foodborne illness after consuming Caito products.