Pre-Cut Melon Leads to Salmonella Outbreak

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Pre-cut melon is linked with an outbreak of Salmonella in five states. Until now there have been 60 illnesses and 31 hospitalizations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the FDA are investigating the cases. Out of 60 cases, 32 are in Michigan, so this state appears to be more affected.

Salmonella can lead to fatal infections in elderly people, children or persons with a weakened immune system. Meanwhile, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged eight different U.S. states to check for recalled pre-cut melon. Citizens are advised to throw out any melon that has been recalled. The investigation will continue in order to find out whether these products reached other states or stores.

The recalled products

The melon which caused the outbreak was linked to an Indianapolis distributor. The products recalled were honeydew melon, cantaloupe, fresh-cut watermelon, as well as fresh-cut mixed fruit products. The facility which recalled the melon is Caito Foods LLC, a unit of SpartanNash Co. The products were sold in clear plastic containers.

The melon was distributed to Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois and Kentucky. The stores which sold these products are Whole Foods, Walmart Inc, a unit of Amazon.com Inc, Kroger Co, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader’s Joe, Costco Wholesale Corp, Walgreens.

People urged to throw away the products

In a tweet, FDA Comissioner Scott Gottlieb advised people to check “fridge and freezer for recalled pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella outbreak.” The Caito Foods company also released an official statement: “Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution.” They also added that they “ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation.”

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Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca


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