Melon recalled over possible salmonella

93-case Salmonella outbreak brings recall of many melon products
By News Desk

The recall applies to fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed fruit containing any of these melons, which have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

That facility distributes its fruits to 16 states, including Pennsylvania.

Now pre-cut melon sold at Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart, Trader Joes, and other stores has been voluntarily recalled due to the possibility of salmonella contamination.

They were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and sold under various brands.

Authorities say 93 people have been sickened, 23 of whom were hospitalized.

Among the MI stores that sold some of the products were Gordon Food Service, Kroger, SpartanNash, Trader Joes and Walmart.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 4, 2019, to March 31, 2019.

The organism is a rare salmonella strain historically seen in imported melons and reports from Caito Foods indicate that imported melons were used for the pre-cut melon mixes. Ill people range in age from less than one to 98 years, with a median age of 53.

For a complete list of products, stores and UPC codes for recalled items, go to the following link.

People younger than 5 and older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to the illness. Consumers are advised not the consume the product and to promptly dispose of any remaining product.

"We are continuing to aggressively investigate the source of the product in order to determine where the melons were sourced from and how they became contaminated", Frank Yiannas, the FDA's deputy commissioner, said in a statement.