Caito Foods, LLC, an Indianapolis-based company has issued a voluntary recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. The FDA said Friday that the recall includes their cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods. The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Salmonella Carrau can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. In rare cases, Salmonella can result in an infection in the bloodstream. The CDC and FDA has linked 93 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation.
When choosing produce, try to find products that are grown as locally as possible. This does not guarantee their safety, but it does limit the amount of people and locations that have been involved in getting it to you, and generally means it has been sitting around for a shorter amount of time. Although this recall is for cut melon, when preparing your own whole produce, remember to follow the most important food safety rule: wash all produce thoroughly. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash helps to control pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and more.