Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Freshness Guaranteed, Garden Highway, Renaissance and Boar’s Head are among the brands of melon recalled in connection with a nine-state Salmonella outbreak. At least 109 people who purchased the recalled watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew products sold at Target, Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods developed Salmonella infections. Twenty-three of them have been hospitalized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is investigating the outbreak, is tracking illnesses reported from each state. So far, the totals are: Alabama (1), Illinois (5), Indiana (18), Kentucky (16), Michigan (19), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Ohio (27) and Wisconsin (1).
The recalled melon products, which include chunks, spears, mixes, medleys and fruit trays, were produced by Caito Foods LLC.The Indianapolis-based company issue the recall on April 12, 2019. It includes 1110 products sold at grocery stores and distributed to restaurants in 16 states. They are:
- New York
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
2018 Salmonella Melon Outbreak, Lawsuit
This is the second time in 12 months that melon produced by Caito has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak. In 2018, 77 people in nine states were sickened and 36 were hospitalized. One of them was an Ohio woman who developed a Salmonella infection after eating pre-cut melon she purchased from a Walmart store.
The Salmonella lawyers at Pritzker Hageman filed a lawsuit against Caito on her behalf. “Our client’s illness involved a lengthy hospitalization and a stay in the ICU,” said Salmonella Lawyer Brendan Flaherty.
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