The packaged product is offered at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target, Whole Foods, among other businesses
The Food and Drug Administration issued a packaged, ready-to-eat fruit alert in 16 states after a company in Indianapolis removed melon for an outbreak of Salmonella Carrau.
The removal of watermelon, sweet melon and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC was distributed under the labels of several brands in Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods.
The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
"Because it is possible that the products may still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers", the Government alerts. "The possibility that these products are contaminated with Salmonella was discovered through information compiled by the state public health departments."
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Health officials recommend that consumers check the package to determine if the fruit was distributed by Caito Foods and, if so, do not eat it. The product could be combined with other fruits.
Authorities say that 93 people became ill, 23 of whom were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Salmonella Carrau It is described as rare, but it can mainly affect children, frail or elderly people, and other people with weakened immune systems.
Those infected may experience fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.