There’s Been a Massive Melon Recall at Costco, TJ’s, and Whole Foods
In recent months, several of our favorite healthy grocery items have been under recall, from romaine lettuce to eggs. But the latest recall involves one of your go-to summertime snacks, pre-cut melon, which has been linked to a massive multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide, and we have all the details.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Caito Foods has recalled a bunch of pre-cut melon containers due to an outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in five Midwestern states with 60 reported illnesses and 31 reported hospitalizations due to eating the contaminated items.
Caito Foods voluntarily recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medleys in clear plastic containers that were recently distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.
If you have these items in your fridge or freezer and aren’t sure if they’re affected by the recall, toss them or return them to where you purchased them for a refund, just to be on the safe side. And though the investigation is ongoing, Caito Foods is working to remove all recalled items from stock ASAP.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, usually within 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the CDC. Illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and while many recover without treatment, salmonella is particularly dangerous for children, pregnant people, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. The CDC will continue to release updates as they have them.
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