A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the FDA said.
The melon was previously recalled from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The melon products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers under several different brands or labels and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon, the FDA said, noting that other retail locations could be added to the list in the future.
As of June 19, 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are now 70 cases of Salmonella infection, including 34 that resulted in hospitalization. Illnesses occurred from April 30, 2018, to June 3, 2018, and occurred in people from less that one year old to 97.
The FDA, CDC, state, and local officials continue to investigate the Salmonella outbreak. Anyone who has purchased the recalled melon is advised to throw it away or return it to the store where it was bought for a refund.
According to the CDC, Salmonella infections lead to 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths every year in the U.S.