CDC Food Safety Alert for Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Carrau Infections Linked to Pre-cut melons

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 12, 2019
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

Good evening,

A CDC food safety alert about a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to pre-cut melons has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/Carrau-04-19/index.html.

Key points:

  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau infections linked to pre-cut melons supplied by Caito Foods, LLC.
  • On April 12, 2019, Caito Foods, LLC, recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products containing one of these melons that were produced at the Caito Foods, LLC, facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • A total of 93 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from nine states (AL, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI).
  • Twenty-three people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Illnesses started from March 4, 2019, to March 31, 2019.
  • This investigation is ongoing.
  • CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Advice to consumers, retailers, and restaurants:

  • Do not eat, serve, or sell recalled pre-cut melon and fruit medley products produced by Caito Foods, LLC. They are sold under several brands and labels.
  • Check FDA’s websiteExternal for a full list of where recalled products were sold.
  • Caito Foods LLC supplies to various grocery stores, so it is important to look at the label description and brand information to identify the productExternal. The pre-cut melons were sold under many different brand names, including several retailer and supermarket names.
  • Recalled pre-cut melons were packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers.
  • Check your fridge and freezer for recalled products and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
  • If you cannot tell if the pre-cut melon you bought was produced by Caito Foods, LLC, don’t eat it. Throw it away.
  • Follow these steps to clean your fridge if you had any recalled product.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating pre-cut melon.

About Salmonella:

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonella-food/index.html.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.

Thank you,

CDC News Media Branch
404-639-3286
media@cdc.gov

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