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Salmonella outbreak linked to cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe – Fast Facts

Types of products being recalled
FDA reports fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and freshcut fruit medley products containing any of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, IN, were reportedly sent to the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio

Companies Recalling Products:

  • Caito Food Distribution
  • Costco
  • Delish
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Kroger
  • Jay C
  • Open Acres
  • Owen’s
  • Payless
  • Renaissance Food Group
  • SpartanNash Distribution
  • Sprouts
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods/Amazon

For a full list of specific recalled products, please click here.

Illnesses reported to date:
CDC reports 60 Salmonella Adelaide illnesses reported in the following states as of the agency’s June 8 report:

  • Illinois – 6
  • Indiana – 11
  • Michigan – 32
  • Missouri – 10
  • Ohio – 1

llnesses started on dates ranging from April 30, 2018, to May 28, 2018. Illnesses that occurred after May 20 might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of two to four weeks. Details on the victims include:

  • Ages 1 – 97
  • 65 percent Female
  • Date range of illnesses 4-30-18 to 5-28-18
  • 66 percent Hospitalized
  • No Deaths

Symptoms of Salmonella infections
Foods that are contaminated by pathogens such as Salmonella usually do not look or smell bad. Handling or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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