Twenty-four new illnesses link to an outbreak involving package melon distribute across 16 states are report by U.S. health officials Wednesday. The outbreak now includes 117 cases of Salmonella Carrau illness, including 32 cases so severe the patients require hospitalization; although no deaths have been report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a news release.
Disease Control and Prevention
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; “Salmonella Carrau is a rare type of salmonella and has been historically seen in import melon.” All cases were link to the consumption of pre-cut cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon “package in clear, plastic clamshell containers under several different brands or labels.” They were sold at grocery chains such as Kroger, Target, Trader Joes, Walmart and Amazon/Whole Foods, the FDA said.
The tainted melons are distribute by Caito Foods LLC from its facility in Indianapolis, with cases being diagnose between March 4 and April 8. So far, cases have crop up in 10 states: Alabama, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Exposure to consumers
“Upon learning that this outbreak is likely link to pre-cut melon from a Caito Foods’ facility in Indiana, the FDA began working with the company and retailers to promptly recall the product and prevent further exposure to consumers;” FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas said earlier this month.
“We are continuing to aggressively investigate the source of the product in order to determine where the melons are source from and how they became contaminate;” he said. “As our investigation unfolds; we’re advising consumers to take action now by discarding any implicate pre-cut melon product that may still be in their fridge or freezer.”.
Various supermarket chains
Because the Caito melon products are sold at various supermarket chains, different labeling might see on the recall products, the FDA note. Here’s a list to check if you have the recall pre-cut melon in your refrigerator, from: “If consumers have any of the recall product they dispose of it or return the product for a refund,” the FDA said.
In the meantime; watch out for the signs of salmonella illness and see your doctor if they arise, the agency said. “Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that typically develop within 12 to 72 hours of exposure; and last for about four to seven days;” the FDA noted. The 16 states where the Caito pre-cut melons are distribute are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas; Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.