Earlier this month, a recall was announced that affects pre-cut melons sold at a variety of stores popular in the state of Georgia. The dangers are associated with a potential salmonella outbreak.
Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported from Georgia incidents of the outbreak – but 60 illnesses were reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Each of these illnesses came from melons also sold in our home state of Georgia, as well as Iowa, North Carolina and Kentucky. In total, nine states have been affected thus far by the pre-cut melon salmonella recall.
The CDC announced the recall on Caito Foods, LLC pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit boxes that contain any of the listed fruits in early June. Fortunately, no deaths have been attributed to the salmonella recall.
Of the 60 people reportedly affected, over half have been hospitalized. The recalled melons were sold at the following retailers, many of which are popular in the Cobb County area:
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods
- Jay C
The CDC also noted that the affected melons from Caito Foods have a “best used by date of June 16” label on them. In addition to Caito Foods products, the CDC also advised retailers not to sell pre-cut melons distributed from SpartanNash Distribution and Gordon Food Service.
It is encouraged that anyone with these fruits in their refrigerator or freezer should immediately throw them away or return them to the original place of purchase for a full refund.
Salmonella outbreaks have seen a high number so far this year from different food sources. It is estimated that the bacterial outbreak causes well over 1 million illnesses, over 20,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Of those numbers, food is the cause for around 1 million cases.