FDA recalls fruit linked to salmonella outbreak

  • FDA recalls fruit linked to salmonella outbreak

FDA recalls fruit linked to salmonella outbreak

"Upon learning that this outbreak is likely linked to pre-cut melon from a Caito Foods' facility in IN, the FDA began working with the company and retailers to promptly recall the product and prevent further exposure to consumers", said FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas.

The Department for Public Health said the melons range from cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew.

The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Caito Foods has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigations.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says the melons may be infected with SalmonellaCarrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella Carrau is described as rare.

Stores that may have sold the contiminated fruit include Walmart, Target, Kroger, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's.

Because the Caito melon products were sold at various supermarket chains, different labeling might be seen on the recalled products, the FDA noted. "Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product".

The FDA advises customers in affected states to toss the fruit in the trash, especially if they are unsure as to whether it is a Caito product.