Melons recalled in Iowa, Minnesota due to salmonella fears

Andrew Cummings
April 14, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC.

"Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution", the release said, adding that an investigation is ongoing and that the company has suspended production and distribution at its Indianapolis, Indiana packaging plant while an investigation is conducted. The items were sold at Kroger (Renaissance Food Group, Boar's Head Private Label), Target (Garden Highway Label), Trader Joes (Trader Joes label), Walmart (Freshness Guaranteed) and online Amazon through the Whole Foods Market label.

According to the FDA website, over 100 different brands names are listed as subject to the recall. Most people recover on their own. Of those who became ill, 23 people had to be hospitalized, officials said. Contamination is possible if raw and cooked foods are stored together.

Symptoms of salmonella infections include diarrhea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.

A total of 93 cases have been reported in the outbreak, from nine states: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Caito Foods did not immediately reply to calls requesting a statement. 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. They advise stores to pull the products from shelves. The company has been advised by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it has linked 93 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation.

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