News release: Salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon

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April 12, 2019

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Salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several other states are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Carrau infections linked to consumption of pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods, LLC, of Indianapolis. CDC: Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Pre-Cut Melons

Caito Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, fresh cut cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons. FDA: Caito Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Melon Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Three Minnesota cases have been identified as part of this outbreak. Two cases are children who live in the same household, and one case is an adult. All three became ill in March. None were hospitalized and all have recovered. All three Minnesota cases reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe from one Trader Joe’s store. Overall, 93 cases of Salmonella Carrau infection have been identified in nine states – Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The investigation is ongoing and more cases may be detected.

Health officials recommend throwing out or returning pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods, LLC. Do not eat it. Melons purchased whole are not known to be affected. Pre-cut melons supplied by other companies are not known to be affected. If people are unsure whether the pre-cut melon they bought is supplied by Caito Foods, LLC, they should contact the retail location at which it was purchased. If they have any doubts about where their pre-cut melon was processed, they should not eat it and should throw it away.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 96 hours after exposure, but they can begin up to 2 weeks after exposure. Infections usually clear in five to seven days, but about 28 percent of laboratory-confirmed cases require hospitalization. More serious invasive infections occasionally occur. Many Salmonella infections in otherwise healthy people do not require medical treatment. For those who seek health care, most do not require antibiotics. However, antibiotic treatment may be warranted in some cases. If you’ve consumed these products, become ill and are concerned about your health, consult your health care provider.

Approximately 700-975 Salmonella infections are reported each year in Minnesota. More information on Salmonella and how to prevent it can be found on the MDH website at Salmonellosis (Salmonella).


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Doug Schultz
MDH Communications