USA – Caito Foods, LLC has voluntarily recalled fruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons linked to the outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in seven states in the US.
Recalled products include fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons.
The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers under several different brands or labels and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon.
The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials have launched an investigation into the outbreak reported to have recorded 70 cases in the seven states in the period April 30, 2018, to June 3, 2018.
“The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections.
Epidemiologic and preliminary trace back evidence indicates that pre-cut melon distributed by Caito Foods, LLC is a likely source of this outbreak.
Caito Foods, LLC has voluntarily recalled their products, to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated products,” said a statement on FDA’s website.
The FDA listed the number of affected locations, advising customers to discard any recalled products purchased at various stores in the locations.
Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness and can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms associated with Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, most of them lasting 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment.
The contamination was discovered through analysing reports made by state departments of public health.
Since they launched the investigation, Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products.
FDA’s notice called on retailers and wholesale customers to check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products were available for purchase by consumers.