Recall Issued on Melon after Several Sickened
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - A recall has been issued for pre-cut melon products, after a salmonella outbreak sickened several people in Kentucky.

The Department for Public Health announced Monday that 16 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of Salmonella Carrau that has been linked by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. Anyone who has purchased pre-cut melon or fruit salads that contain pre-cut melon should throw them away, according to DPH officials.

Caito Foods of Indianapolis, IN issued a recall notice on Friday for all its pre-cut melon products distributed in the U.S. The label may not clearly indicate that the melon product is from Caito Foods, so consumers are being told to discard all pre-cut melon products. The FDA’s website has a list of stores and states where the recalled products were sold at the link below.

No deaths have been reported in this outbreak, however, there has been a higher than normal hospitalization rate for Salmonella infection.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. These symptoms usually develop 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts 4-7 days and most healthy individuals recover without antibiotic treatment.

The recall does not include whole melons.

On the Net:

FDA’s website
Investigation Info

Published 02:13 PM, Monday Apr. 15, 2019
Updated 02:22 PM, Monday Apr. 15, 2019

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