Recall on Caito Foods cut melon

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Massive Recall Of Cut Melon Over Salmonella Concerns

April 13, 2019 - 11:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Consumers in Illinois and at least 15 other states should not eat pre-cut cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon sold at Target, Walmart, Amazon/Whole Foods and other major national retailers because the fruit could be contaminated by salmonella, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention warns.

At least 23 people in Illinois and Indiana have been sickened so far, the CDC reports.

The massive recall issued yesterday affects pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley products containing one of the melons distributed by Caito Foods LLC in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. It's the second recall of Caito Foods products this year. The food was pre-cut and packaged in clear, plastic containers.

The CDC reports that a total of 93 people in nine of those states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau across nine states from March 4 to 31. At least 23 people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Most of the people were older than 50.

Authorities say that consumers who have bought these products by Caito Foods should not eat them and should throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. They also say consumers should clean their refrigerators properly if the fruit was stored there.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection begin 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated product and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment, the CDC said.

Check the Federal Drug Administration's website for a list of where recalled products were sold. 

Erika Hobbs contributed to the article.