Caito Foods LLC voluntarily recalls the precut melon after nearly 100 people in nine states have been sick during a salmonella outbreak, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.
In total, 93 people were sick and 23 people were hospitalized in nine states, according to the CDC.
Pre-cut watermelons, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh cut fruit are sold at Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart, Trader Joes and other stores, officials said.
The melons were produced at Caito Foods' facilities in Indianapolis and could be contaminated by Salmonella Carrau, an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
They were packaged in clear plastic hulls and sold under different brands and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee , West Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to the FDA.
A complete list of recalled products is available on the FDA website.
According to the FDA, healthy people infected with Salmonella often suffer from fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare cases, a Salmonella infection can cause the body to enter the bloodstream and lead to more serious diseases such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis, according to the FDA.
As products may still be in stores, this reminder applies to both retailers and consumers. Consumers should not consume the product and should quickly dispose of any remaining product.
The potential for Salmonella contamination of these products has been discovered through information collected by state public health departments.
Consumers looking for information should dial 844 467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 am to 10 pm. CT and Saturday and Sunday, from 6am to 6pm CT.