Caito Foods recalls pre-cut melons over salmonella; 93 ill

Caito Foods recalls pre-cut melons over salmonella; 93 ill

According to an announcement made Friday by the Food and Drug Administration, Caito Foods is recalling watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit containing one of these melons.

A total of 93 cases have been reported in the outbreak, from nine states: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Almost 100 people have been reported sick from consuming these pre-cut melons.

The recalled pre-cut melons were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

Caito Foods fruit is sold in stores owned by Kroger, Target, Trader Joes, Walmart and Amazon/Whole Foods, officials said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a full list of stores and locations as well as corresponding expiration dates impacted by the recall.

The recall extends to retailers and consumers as products may still be on store shelves.

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"Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product", the FDA said in a statement.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.

On average, it takes from 12 to 72 hours for the symptoms to develop after swallowing an infectious dose of salmonella. It was sold on Amazon.com under the Whole Foods label.

They usually last for four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.

Symptoms of salmonella infections include diarrhea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.

Caito Foods has recalled pre-cut melons over possible salmonella contamination tied to 93 illnesses.

However, some people may become so ill that they need to be hospitalized.

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