FDA Issues Salmonella Risk Warning for Recalled Cantaloupe

The FDA is warning people not to consume cantaloupe because of the potential for salmonella.

According to a November 17 statement from the FDA, at least 43 individuals in 15 states have contracted the bacterium since November 6. Among the infected patients, at least 17 have visited the hospital.

A small number of fresh cantaloupe and pineapple goods sold in at least 13 states throughout the United States and Canada have been recalled by three brands: Vinyard, Aldi, and Malchita.

The agency reports that of the 29 individuals who felt ill, 15 had disclosed that they had been exposed to cantaloupe.

The following are the recalls that were issued in the days preceding the FDA's announcement of its investigation:

  • Whole fresh cantaloupes labeled "Malichita" and "Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique" sold between October 16 and 23.
  • Aldi cantaloupe cut and pineapple spears are sold in clamshell packaging, with best-by dates between October 27 and 31.
  • Vinyard cantaloupe chunks and cubes, fruit mixes, melon medleys, and cups containing cantaloupe.

Sold at stores in Oklahoman stores from October 30 to November 10, most have a "Vinyard" label, but others have a red "Fresh" brand.

Stores in Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, and Canada also sold the recalled fruit.

Still, additional retail distribution may have reached customers in other regions.

Contrary to popular belief, salmonella causes significantly more infections than you may think. Approximately thirty more problems go unreported for every instance of salmonella disease verified by laboratory testing.

According to the CDC estimates, the illness results in over a million foodborne infections yearly in the U.S.

Salmonella infections often cause fever, cramping in the abdomen, and diarrhea in the six hours to six days following bacterial ingestion.

Most individuals recover in four to seven days. However, it can be more dangerous for older people and children, so taking precautions and seeking professional help is crucial.

The FDA is still investigating the outbreak.


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