Precut melon tied to multistate salmonella outbreak

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Takeaway

  • CDC, FDA, and other health authorities report a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to precut melon products distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Why this matters

  • Clinical suspicion is warranted in patients presenting with diarrhea, fever, and/or abdominal cramps in outbreak states.
  • At-risk patients for more severe illness include children aged 65 years, immunocompromised.

Key results

  • Illnesses, which started on April 30, 2018, have been linked to precut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and fruit medley distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
  • Traceback investigation identified the potential source as Caito Foods, LLC (Indianapolis); a voluntary recall was issued on June 8.
  • So far, 60 people in 5 outbreak states have become ill; 31 have been hospitalized.
  • Illnesses that started after May 20, 2018, may not have been reported yet; clinicians should be vigilant for possible cases.
  • Consumers are advised to check fridge/freezers for recalled products and throw them away/return to the place of purchase for a refund.
  • Retailers are advised to avoid selling/serving recalled precut melon distributed by Caito Foods, Gordon Food Service, and SpartanNash.