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The United States Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide disease that may be linked to cut melons. The CDC reports that fruit salad mixes containing pre-cut melons are a likely source of this outbreak, and on June 13, the FDA provided updates on the distribution of the offending melon.

Epidemiological and preliminary traceback evidence indicates that pre-cut melon distributed by Caito Foods, LLC is a likely source of this outbreak. Caito Foods, LLC has recalled voluntarily their products, in order to prevent any further distribution of potentially contaminated products. The recalled products were packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Iowa. The FDA is currently working with state partners to trace the precut melons to identify the source of the pathogen, determine the complete distribution of the precut melons, and to learn more about how the contamination occurred.

There are 60 people with this strain of Salmonella in five states: IL (6), IN (11), MI (32), MO (10), OH (1). The age of sick people varies from less than one year to 97 years (median 67 years) and 65% of cases are women. The reported illness onset dates range from 4/30/18 to 5/28/18. Among the 47 for which information is available, 31 (66%) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

FDA updated distribution information identifies other retail outlets that may have received the potentially contaminated product being recalled. The agency continues to add to the consolidated list of points of sale as information becomes available. Consumers can ask a retailer directly if the recalled product was available for sale.

The FDA advises consumers to dispose of all recalled products purchased in the locations indicated. This includes fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh cut fruit mixes containing any of these melons produced at the Caito Foods plant in Indianapolis, Indiana. Products manufactured at this facility have been distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The products were packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods / Amazon. Caito Foods, LLC has recalled voluntarily disclaimer icon fruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated produce.


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