Melons and fruit products recalled amid CDC investigation into salmonella infections


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whole and pre-cut melons have caused dozens of cases of salmonella infections in 15 states and Canada, including 17 hospitalizations.

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, and the illness can begin six hours to six days after the bacteria is swallowed, according to the CDC.

The most recent illnesses in the outbreak began on November 6th. A total of 43 cases have been reported, the authority said on Friday, but many more people are likely to have become ill.

In Canada, authorities found salmonella bacteria on melons from Mexico that were genetically related to the strain that makes people sick.

The spoiled melons were sold at several retailers. As a result of the investigation, Malichita brand whole melons from Mexico sold in stores between October 16 and 23, as well as Vinyard brand pre-cut melons and fruit products sold in Oklahoma between October 30 and November 10, were identified were recalled.

Aldi stores have recalled whole and pre-cut melon and fruit products sold between October 27 and October 31 in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The CDC advises people not to eat or serve the recalled fruit. It is also important to wash and disinfect any surfaces that may have come into contact with it. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of serious illness, such as bloody diarrhea, high fever, or dehydration.