An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall regarding melon-based products sold in 16 US states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak, authorities said. Ninety-three people were infected, 23 of whom were hospitalized, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths have been reported.
The recall concerns cut watermelons, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC, the US Food and Drug Administration announced. The fruits were sold under different brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods.
States concerned are Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York State, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
NEW SALMONELLA EPIDEMIC: 93 people in 9 states related to precut melon sold in many stores. Do not eat, serve or sell melon recalled. Learn more: https://t.co/VfuD4PwmaS pic.twitter.com/z6tYdIRXSA
– CDC (@CDCgov) April 13, 2019
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"Consumers should not consume the product and must immediately dispose of any remaining product," the FDA said in a statement.
Salmonella Carrau is described as rare. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.