Purchasing ready-prepped items from the store does make cooking a lot quicker, especially if it’s any type of melon. Let’s be honest, these aren’t easy fruits to slice up! Buying it pre-cut makes things easy, but not when it’s linked to a salmonella outbreak.
In the last few months there have been reports of Salmonella outbreaks in eggs, but now traces of dangerous bacteria have been discovered in our favorite juicy summer fruit. Yes, it’s sadly true. A multistate outbreak has been reported with a link to pre-cut melon being sold in multiple retail stores. According to the U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention, at least 60 people have been affected by this salmonella outbreak across eight different states. Thirty-one have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
What kind of melon?
Caito Foods, LLC recalled all fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and any fruit medleys that contain these fruits. Cairo Foods is a facility located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Which states have been affected?
Caito Foods, LLC distribute products to stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. So, if you are based in any of these states and recently bought a huge pre-cut container of melon, do not open it.
Instead, opt for the kind that’s sold whole—or better yet, look for fresh summer produce at your local farmers market. Here’s your guide to what’s in season.
Which stores sell these products?
Even though the fruit may look like it was packaged and cut by the store, it’s likely the kind that has been affected. Many stores receive fresh cut fruit from a facility such as Caito Foods, LLC and then re-label the clear plastic containers. Stores distributing fruit such as this include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s. Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
Here’s what to look for
First, if you’re in any of the affected states and purchased pre-cut melon, it is recommended to not eat it and throw it away. If you weren’t in the affected states, it’s probably smart to still play it safe. Ask the retailer (or restaurant!) where they receive their produce from. If it comes from either Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service, or SpartanNash Distribution, politely decline. It’s not worth chancing it!
Concerned about salmonella poisoning? Contact a health professional. Here are the signs and symptoms to keep you and your family safe.
Maybe it’s time to make some dessert to calm the nerves. Try these (completely safe) chocolatey treats.