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Caito Foods recalls fresh cut melon products after Salmonella scare

FBR Staff Writer Published 11 June 2018

Caito Foods is recalling its fresh cut melon products from various retail stores in the US after they were found to be linked to a Salmonella outbreak across multiple states as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC, 60 people have been infected with the outbreak strain from five states, out of which 31 have been hospitalized. There have been no reports of any casualties, said the federal agency.

CDC said that epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence indicates that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods’ Indianapolis facility in Indiana have been identified as a probable sources of the multistate outbreak.

The recalled melon products include fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit produced at the company’s Indianapolis facility. They have been recalled from the states of Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

The FDA reported that Caito Foods has suspended production and distribution of the products with an investigation being carried out by it alongside the company. Investigation is being done to confirm if the products were distributed to additional stores or states.

The FDA, in a statement, said: “Because it is possible that products shipped between April 17 and June 7, 2018 could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.

“The potential that these products are contaminated with Salmonella was discovered through analyzing reports made by state departments of public health.”

So far, the FDA and CDC have determined that the recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Walmart, Costco, Whole Foods/Amazon, and Kroger among other retailers.

CDC has asked retailers not to sell or serve recalled pre-cut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, SpartanNash Distribution and Gordon Food Service. It has advised the public not to consume the recalled products and throw away any pre-cut melon products if they do not remember the place of purchase.

Image: CDC has found Salmonella infections to be linked to pre-cut melon products. Photo: courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.