Salmonella contamination concerns have prompted the recall of some melon products sold at Walmart, Target, GFS, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and other stores in 16 states including Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that Caito Foods is recalling fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, fresh cut cantaloupe, and fresh cut mixed fruit because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, an organism which can cause severe and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), 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, such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration has linked 93 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation.
Caito Foods has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products as the company, and the FDA continue their investigations.
The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
A full list of recalled products, including the brand, product label, and retailer where sold, is included below. Caito Food and SpartanNash Company supply to independent retailers, so it is essential to look at the label description and brand information to identify the product.
Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, the recall covers both retailers and consumers.
People who bought the melon products are advised to dispose of any remaining product promptly.
The potential that these products are contaminated with Salmonella was discovered through information gathered by state departments of public health.
Consumers seeking information may call 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.
Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Retailers may contact 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT to arrange for disposal or return of the product.
The products listed below are included in this recall: