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Salmonella Outbreak: Dozens of People Sickened in 15 States from Cantaloupe Infections

ByEditor

Nov 19, 2023

After a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people across 15 states, the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for cantaloupes. At least 43 people have been infected, with 17 of them hospitalized. The recall includes several brands of whole and pre-cut cantaloupes, as well as pre-cut fruit. These include Malichita brand whole cantaloupes sold between Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, Vinyard brand pre-cut cantaloupe sold between Oct. 30 and Nov. 10, and ALDI whole cantaloupe and pre-cut fruit products with best-by dates between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31. Consumers who have purchased the recalled fruits are urged to throw them away immediately. Investigators are also working to identify any additional cantaloupe products that may be contaminated. Canadian officials are also probing an outbreak involving the same strain of salmonella discovered in Malichita brand cantaloupe, which raises concerns about other products potentially being contaminated as well. It’s important to note that the actual number of people sick in the outbreak may be higher than reported, and states without known infections could be impacted too. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, typically taking three to four weeks to determine if a case is connected to the outbreak with illnesses lasting four to seven days on average

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