Consumers in nine states may now be exposed to salmonella contamination in pre-cut melons sold in stores there. Affected states now include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. The melons were shipped to these states by Caito Foods, LLC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that pre-cut melons that are incorporated into fruit salad mixes are a likely source of the salmonella outbreak spreading across these nine states. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to not eat fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, that have now been recalled.
Caito Foods, LLC distributed the pre-cut melons products that were produced at their Indiana facility to stores located in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
Between April 30, 2018 to May 28, 2018, 60 people reported illnesses related to salmonella contamination after eating these pre-cut melon products. Of those, 31 have been hospitalized. Typically, the count of those who have become ill will increase once the sick consumers have received medical attention and their test results have been reported to the CDC, a process that can take several weeks.
Salmonella symptoms can include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Most infections usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment, however some people develop diarrhea so severe that they need to be hospitalized.
If you have purchased or consumed salmonella contaminated pre-cut melons, please contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to learn more about your legal options.