At least 60 people have become ill after eating pre-cut melons contaminated with salmonella. The outbreak has been traced to melon distributor Caito Foods, LLC. Thirty-one of those who became ill were hospitalized because of the severity of their symptoms. The pre-cut melons had been distributed in clear, plastic clam-shell containers in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. 31 of those have required hospitalization so far – no death have been reported.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and local health officials, are investigating the outbreak that caused illnesses in consumers from April 30, 2018 to May 28, 2018. The CDC reports that fruit salad mixes that include pre-cut melons are a likely source of this outbreak. Containers of fruit salad were distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
Over half of the reported illnesses to date have occurred in Michigan. The 60 illnesses have been reported across five states: Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Michigan (32), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1). Victims will have the right to file a melon salmonella lawsuit in any of these states agaisnt Caito Foods – to discuss the filing of a slamonella lawsuit, it is recommended victims speak to a Melon Salmonella Lawyer.
Caito Foods has voluntarily recalled its products to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated melons. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them but should dispose of them properly.
Symptoms of food poisoning caused by salmonella contamination include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized and treated with antibiotics.
If you have consumed potentially contaminated pre-cut melons distributed by Caito Foods, please contact a Melon Salmonella Lawyer at 1-888-335-4901 to learn more about your legal options and the possibility of filing a Melon Salmonella Lawsuit.