Salmonella outbreak triggers recall by Caito Foods

Ebony Scott
June 13, 2018

As per the CDC, around 60 people have fallen sick which includes six cases reported in IL, 11 cases in IN, 10 cases in Missouri, 32 cases on MI and one in Ohio.

These products were shipped to stores including Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.

Will County Health Department Environmental Health Director Tom Casey says there are two sources of information that can help consumers determine if they have pre-cut melons that may be unsafe.

Those products have now been linked by officials to a rash of salmonella infections around the county. The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.

Illnesses from the fruit were reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

The Kroger Co. and Walmart are among grocery retailers that have removed fresh-cut melon products from their stores in connection with a multistate outbreak of salmonella. Caito also has a distribution center and its Fresh Kitchen at 8735 E. 33rd St.

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"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away", the CDC said in a statement.

The recall is linked to Caito Foods, LLC in Indianapolis, according to the CDC. No deaths have occurred so far, although 31 affected people were hospitalized.

Those affected by Salmonella often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food. The recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

The reported illnesses have occurred in eight different states, including five cases confirmed in IL (none in Will County). Whole melon is still safe to eat, according to the CDC.

On the other hand, salmonellosis is troublesome and even fatal for elderlies, young children, or people with a poor immune system. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention.

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