The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the end of the Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes, which caused six reported deaths and 158 hospitalizations. The CDC publicized the closure of the multistate Salmonella outbreak on January 19th, 2024. A total of 407 individuals were officially sickened in the outbreak, though the actual number of victims is believed to be much higher.
Originally, on November 8th, the CDC announced an initial recall of cantaloupes by TruFresh in the United States. The recall was succeeded by multiple brands taking their cantaloupes off of store shelves. The recall came after state and county public health safety officials launched an investigation, interviewing 197 sickened people about which foods they consumed prior to their Salmonella illnesses. According to the CDC’s records, “135 reported eating cantaloupe.”
Ron Simon and Associates, who is leading food poisoning law firm and filed one of the first Cantaloupe Outbreak Lawsuits, shared a statement regarding Salmonella, describing it as:
“a type of bacteria that causes salmonellosis, a foodborne illness that can be fatal if left untreated. It is one of the leading causes of foodborne illnesses in the world. Salmonella bacteria are commonly found in foods like poultry, eggs, beef, and dairy products. It is especially dangerous for young children, older adults, or people with compromised immune systems.”
As always, individuals experiencing adverse symptoms consistent with food poisoning, after consumption of any food but particularly cantaloupe at this time, should be prompt in contacting their personal healthcare provider.
As articulated by National Food Poisoning Lawyer, Ron Simon:
“there are manufacturing and harvesting rules and regulations in place to prevent this type of outbreak, but somewhere along the way, people took short-cuts that have now placed Americans at risk. We intend to identify what went wrong and to work to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.”
Customers should remain vigilant in following food safety practices and aware of current outbreaks for personal safety. While special care was recommended in consuming whole and pre-cut cantaloupe over the last couple of months, since the CDC maintains that the outbreak is over, this is indictive of a “return to normal” vis-a-vis cantaloupe. Nonetheless, given that cantaloupes have been at the center of several outbreaks in recent years, many food experts suggest careful cleaning and washing of this particular culinary delight.