A salmonella poisoning outbreak that has made people sick in five states, including Indiana, may have started at a food producer in Indianapolis, health officials say.
The pre-cut melon shipped by Caito Foods of Indianapolis is a likely cause of the outbreak, according to an Indiana Health Department press release on Saturday.
Caito Foods voluntarily recalled freshly cut watermelons, honeydew melons, melons and freshly cut mixed fruits that contained one of those melons made at its Indianapolis facility.
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The outbreak has sickened at least 60 people nationwide, including 11 in Indiana.
The company said in an email to IndyStar on Monday that it is working with federal agencies as they are now trying to determine the farm where the spoiled fruit was grown.
The company’s recall notification states:
“Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling freshly cut watermelons, honeydew melons, cantaloupes, and freshly cut mixed fruits that contain any of these melons and were manufactured at the Caito Foods Indianapolis facility as these products may be contaminated with salmonella.
“The use or consumption of salmonella-contaminated products can lead to serious illness. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail, the elderly, and other people with compromised immune systems.”
Healthy people infected with salmonella may experience various symptoms, including fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, the salmonella organism can enter the bloodstream and cause more severe diseases such as arterial infections, including infected aneurysms, and endocarditis and arthritis.
Caito Foods said the products were packaged in clear plastic containers and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Trader Joe, Walmart, Walgreens, Whole Foods, and other stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, United States. North Carolina and Ohio. Since it is possible that products shipped between April 17, 2018 and June 7, 2018 may still be on store shelves, the recall affects both retailers and consumers, the recall notification states.
For a complete list of the products affected by the recall, visit businesswire.com and search for “Caito Foods”.
The company has ceased manufacturing and distributing these products while Caito Foods, the Food and Drug Administration, and the CDC conduct their investigations.
Retail and wholesale customers should check their inventory levels to ensure that none of these products are present or available for consumers to purchase. It is recommended that you call (844) 467-7278 Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to arrange for the disposal or return of the product.
Consumers seeking information can call (844) 467-7278 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Call IndyStar digital producer Dwight Adams at (317) 444-6532. Follow him on Twitter: @hdwightadams.
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