An outbreak of salmonella in which’s sickened 93 people across nine U.S. states can be linked to pre-cut melons via Indianapolis-based produce company Caito Foods, the Centers for Disease Control as well as also also Prevention (CDC) said late Friday.
The pre-cut melon products have been recalled via Whole Foods, Kroger as well as also also some other retailers across the nine states reporting infections. Caito Foods voluntarily recalled the fresh cut cantaloupe, honeydew as well as also also watermelon products on Friday, citing the health risk concern.
“These products hold the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, an organism which can cause serious as well as also also sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, as well as also also others with weakened immune systems,” according to the U.S. Food as well as also also Drug Administration. This particular added in which healthy people infected with salmonella commonly experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting as well as also also abdominal pain.
The products were also sold at Target, Trader Joe’s as well as also also Walmart, among some other major grocery chains. Caito Foods distributes products produced at its Indianapolis facility in 16 U.S. states. More details of the recall as well as also also the product’s vendors can be found here.
So far 23 people have been hospitalized, while no deaths have been reported. The states affected are Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio as well as also also Wisconsin, the CDC said.
The outbreak remains under investigation by the FDA as well as also also the Indiana State Department of Health.
Salmonella can be behind more than 1 million food-related illnesses from the U.S. annually.