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CDC updates Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this Food Safety Alert November 30, 2023:

Recalled Food: Malichita and Rudy BB #:279467 brand whole cantaloupes

Pre-cut fruit products made with recalled whole cantaloupes 

  • Kwik Trip cantaloupe cups, mixed fruit cups, and fruit tray with sell-by dates from November 4 through December 3
  • Freshness Guaranteed and RaceTrac cantaloupe chunks, seasonal blend, melon mixes, and fruit mixes with best-by dates from November 7 through November 12
  • Vinyard cantaloupe cubes, melon medleys, and fruit medleys sold in Oklahoma stores from October 30 through November 10
  • Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Trader Joe’s cantaloupe chunks, mixed melons, fruit medleys, and fruit trays with best-by dates from October 28 through November 8
  • ALDI [PDF – 2 pages] whole cantaloupes, cantaloupe chunks, and pineapple spears with best-by dates from October 27 through October 31
  • Bix Produce cantaloupe fruit cups and mixed fruit cups with sell-by dates of October 25 and October 26

What Businesses Should Do

  • Do not sell or serve recalled cantaloupes and products made with recalled cantaloupe, even if they have been washed.
    • Washing does not remove all germs and does not make recalled products safe to eat.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled cantaloupes.

Symptoms of Salmonella

  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.

Fast Facts
Illnesses: 117 (18 new)
Hospitalizations: 61 (16 new)
Deaths: 2 (0 new)
States: 34 (2 new)
Recall: Yes
Investigation status: Active (first posted on November 17, 2023)