Salmonella Infections Linked to Cantaloupe Kill 3

Authorities warn people not to eat pre-cut cantaloupe if they don't know the source
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2023 2:30 AM CST
Updated Dec 1, 2023 12:00 AM CST
Salmonella Infections Linked to Cantaloupe Double in a Week
FILE - Cantaloupes are displayed for sale in Virginia on Saturday, July 28, 2017.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
UPDATE Dec 1, 2023 12:00 AM CST

Consumers shouldn't eat pre-cut cantaloupe if they don't know the source, US health officials said Thursday, as the number of illnesses and recalls tied to a deadly salmonella outbreak grows. At least 117 people in 34 US states have been sickened by contaminated cantaloupe, including 61 who were hospitalized and two who died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 63 illnesses, 17 hospitalizations, and one death tied to the same outbreak have been reported in Canada, the AP reports. Previous recalls of whole and pre-cut cantaloupes have been expanded to include Kwik Trip markets, Bix Produce, and distributor GHGA, which sent recalled products to Kroger, Sprouts Farmer's Markets, and Trader Joe's stores in several states, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Because of the scope of the recalls and potential uncertainty about the source of the cantaloupe, health officials warned consumers to be cautious.

Nov 27, 2023 2:30 AM CST

US health officials recalled three more brands of whole and pre-cut cantaloupes Friday as the number of people sickened by salmonella more than doubled this week, the AP reports. Nearly 100 people in 32 states have gotten sick from the contaminated fruits. Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio have the highest number of cases. Two people have died of the infections in Minnesota, and 45 people are hospitalized nationwide.

The US Food and Drug Administration's original recall included Malichita brand whole cantaloupe, Vinyard brand pre-cut cantaloupe, and ALDI whole cantaloupe and pre-cut fruit products. Rudy brand whole cantaloupes and Freshness Guaranteed brand and RaceTrac brand pre-cut cantaloupes joined the list Friday. Health officials say anyone who bought the recalled fruits should throw them away and wash surfaces that touched them with hot, soapy water or in a dishwasher.

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Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within six hour to six days after consuming food contaminated with the bacteria. Illnesses typically last four to seven days. Vulnerable people, including children, people older than 65 and those with weakened immune systems may develop severe illnesses that require medical care or hospitalization. (Full details on the recall can be found at the FDA website.)

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