Health: Summer bummer — sliced melon in clear containers recalled in Georgia, other states, CDC says.

Health: Summer bummer — sliced melon in clear containers recalled in Georgia, other states, CDC says.

 

CDC: Recall issued for sliced melon sold in clear containers in stores in Georgia, North Carolina and other states: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • On June 8, 2018, Caito Foods, LLC recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.
    • Recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon. (WSB TV says Kroger’s Atlanta division says its precut fruit is from a different supplier as opposed to other company stories involved in the recall)
    • The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states.
  • Do not eat recalled products. Check your fridge and freezer for them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
    • If you don’t remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don’t eat it and throw it away.
  • Retailers should not sell or serve recalled pre-cut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service, and SpartanNash Distribution.
  • CDC will update the advice to consumers and retailers if more information becomes available.

Investigation details:

  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in five Midwestern states.
    • 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported.
    • 31 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence indicates that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of this multistate outbreak.
    • Most of the ill people reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon purchased from grocery stores.
    • Information collected from stores where ill people shopped indicates that Caito Foods, LLC supplied pre-cut melon to these stores.
  • CDC will provide updates when more information is available.
  • Expanded report here.
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