The brand, Caito Foods LLC recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons supplied at the Caito Foods LLC facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Caito Foods announced the recall Friday, April 12. The illness can last up to a week, although most people recover without treatment.
The organism is a rare salmonella strain historically seen in imported melons and reports from Caito Foods indicate that imported melons were used for the pre-cut melon mixes.
People younger than 5 and older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to the illness.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
You usually get salmonella by eating contaminated food.
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The melon was sold and bought in 9 states: Illinois, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri.
Caito Foods said that it is voluntarily recalling the products "out of an abundance of caution" as reports of illness are being investigated, and it has suspended producing and distributing such products.
The recalled pre-cut melons were packaged in clear, plastic clam-shell containers, according to the CDC. Depending on where it was sold, the products were sold under various brands.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, five cases have been reported in northeastern and eastern Illinois.
"Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers", the FDA announcement read. "However, consumers may still have these products in their homes", FDA officials said in a news release.