Pre-cut melons that are potentially contaminated with salmonella have been voluntarily recalled by distributor Caito Foods. Fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing these melons were produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. The potential for salmonella contamination in the melons was discovered after reports made by the state department of public health were analyzed.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continuing to investigate the outbreak. The CDC has identified 60 illnesses that are linked to melon consumption, including 31 hospitalizations. Over half of the illnesses related to salmonella contamination have been reported in Michigan, where it is likely most of the Salmonella Melon Lawsuits will be filed.
Potentially contaminated pre-cut melon products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio between April 17 and June 7, 2018. Some of the products could still be on store shelves. Consumers are advised not to purchase them and, if they have purchased them already, not to eat them.
The recalled products include those with a Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods, Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group sold by Kroger, Garden Highway Label sold by Costco, Open Acres label sold by SpartanNash Distribution, Sprouts Farmers Market label sold by Sprouts, Trader Joe’s label sold by Trader Joe’s, Delish label sold by Walgreen’s, Freshness Guaranteed label sold by WalMart, and Whole Foods Market Label sold by Whole Foods / Amazon.
Salmonellosis, the infection caused by salmonella bacteria, often results in acute gastroenteritis, an illness that usually results in diarrhea and/or vomiting due to severe inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by the bacteria.
If you have purchased or consumed the recalled, potentially contaminated pre-cut melons distributed by Caito Foods, please contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to learn discuss the option of a Salmonella Melon Lawsuit.