Salmonella Outbreak in Cantaloupe and Pre-Cut Fruit Linked to 2 Deaths and 45 Hospitalizations

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A salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit has led to 45 hospitalizations and two deaths, according to a recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The outbreak has affected 99 individuals across 32 states, with a surge of 56 new cases reported just this week.

The CDC has specifically identified all cantaloupes carrying “Malichita” or “Rudy” stickers, marked with the numbers “4050” and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique,” as a potential source of the outbreak. 

Responding to these findings, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall for these cantaloupes on Wednesday.

The memory targets Malachita and Rudy brand cantaloupes sold between October 10 and November 3, as well as “Malachita / Z Farms” labeled cantaloupes available from October 31 to November 9.

Moreover, pre-cut fruit products sold under the Freshness Guaranteed and RaceTrac brands are recalled in multiple states. 

Salmonella Alert, Cantaloupe Recall in Several States

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A salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit has led to 45 hospitalizations and two deaths, according to a recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These products include cantaloupe chunks, seasonal blends, melon mix, and fruit mix and have been sold in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Additional recalls were announced on November 14 for whole cantaloupe and pre-cut fruit products from ALDI and pre-cut cantaloupes from the Vineyard brand. 

The ALDI recall, which includes whole cantaloupes, cantaloupe chunks, and pineapple spears, affects products distributed between October 27 and October 31 in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Vineyard recall encompasses a range of fruit products sold from October 30 to November 10.

The CDC advises consumers to dispose of recalled products or return them to the store of purchase. 

They also recommend thoroughly cleaning surfaces that may have come into contact with these products. Salmonella symptoms, including diarrhea, high fever, bloody stool, vomiting, and dehydration, may appear as soon as six hours after exposure or up to six days later. 

The elderly, children, and individuals with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to severe illness and death from salmonella infection.

This outbreak highlights the importance of food safety and the need for vigilance in the face of potential contamination risks. 

Consumers are urged to stay informed and take the necessary precautions to protect their health.

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