Pre-Cut Fruit Sickens 60 People, Dozens Hospitalized in the Midwest

Caito Foods, LLC has recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in five Midwestern states.

60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported. 31 have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported

Those who reported illness said they had eaten pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon. Most said they bought that melon at Walmart or Kroger stores.

The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. They were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states.

On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported.

The agency urges consumers to throw away:

  • Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio;
  • Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in Indiana and Michigan;
  • Fruit salad containing melon purchased at Walmart, Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in the affected states; and
  • Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don’t remember where it was purchased.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.