Pre-Cut Melon Sold In Michigan Part Of Massive Recall For Possible Salmonella Contamination

23 people have been hospitalized across the country.

April 14, 2019 - 4:56 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS (WWJ) -- Check your refrigerators for any fresh cut melon.

Indianapolis-based Caito Foods has issued a massive recall of several different types of melons, including fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, fresh cut cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, due to the potential salmonella contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration says 93 people have gotten sick from eating the product and 23 have been hospitalized.

The products, which were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers, have been sold at numerous locations in Michigan, including Kroger, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Gordon Food Service.

Other states affected by the recall include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Caito Foods has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigations. Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.

Consumers should not consume the product and are advised to throw out any remaining product.

The potential that these products are contaminated with Salmonella was discovered through information gathered by state departments of public health.

Consumers seeking information may call 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

Full details of the recall can be found on the FDA's website.