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Cut Melon Products Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

Fresh cut fruit is being recalled due to the possibility it is contaminated with Salmonella. It can be very dangerous to children and elderly and possibly even fatal.

Fruit Being Recalled

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons. These were produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis and are being recalled because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution. The company has been advised by the CDC that it has linked 60 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation. Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation.

Where the Fruit Has Been Distributed

The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and it has been distributed in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. It is possible that these products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers. The melon is being sold in most major grocery stores under different labels, including Kroger, Sprouts,  Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Amazon, Walgreens and Walmart.

What To Do

FDA advises consumers not to eat recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons and to throw away any of these products. Consumers seeking information may call 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fast Facts

The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of SalmonellaAdelaide infections. CDC reports that fruit salad mixes that include pre-cut melons are a likely source of this outbreak.

  • FDA advises consumers not to eat recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons. Products have been distributed in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers under several different brands or labels and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon. Other retail locations may be added to the list.
  • Caito Foods, LLC has voluntarily recalled fruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated products.
  • The CDC reports that 60 people in five Midwestern states have become ill. Among 47 people with information available, thirty-one cases (66%) have been hospitalized.
  • The 60 illnesses occurred within the period of April 30, 2018 to May 28, 2018.
  • The FDA is working with CDC, along with state partners, to trace back the pre-cut melons to identify the source to determine the full distribution of pre-cut melons, and to learn more about the potential route of contamination.
  • Additional distribution information has been added that identifies retail locations organized by state that received potentially contaminated product. The FDA is advising consumers to discard any recalled products purchased at the listed locations. The FDA is sharing this information with consumers as soon as possible and additional distribution information may be added as it becomes available. It is possible that some stores may be mentioned more than once because they received more than one shipment or more than one product. Consumers may wish to ask a firm directly if the recalled product was available for sale.
  • Consumers who have symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Most infections usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment, however some people develop diarrhea so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

What Products and Stores are Involved

The products listed below are included in this recall:

CustomerProduct DescriptionPack WeightUPCLabel Description/BrandBest By/Use By Date Range
Caito Foods DistributionCANTALOUPE SPEARS 6/16Z16 oz.
81851301294
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionHONEYDEW SPEARS 6/16Z16 oz.
81851301300
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionMELON MIX 6/10Z10 oz.
81851301331
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT MIX 6/10Z10 oz.
81851301348
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionHONEYDEW CHUNKS 6/10Z10 oz.
81851301362
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionCANTALOUPE CHUNKS 6/10Z10 oz.
81851301379
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionWATERMELON CHUNKS 6/9.5Z9.5 oz.
81851301386
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT MIX 6/5Z5 oz.
81851301393
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT BURST 4/20Z20 oz.
81851301409
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT MIX 3/48Z48 oz.
81851301416
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionMELON MIX 6/16Z16 oz.
81851301430
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT MIX 6/16Z16 oz.
81851301447
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT SNACK TRAY 3/32Z32 oz.
81851301454
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT PARTY PLATTER 3/64Z64 oz.
81851301461
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionMELON MIX SPEARS 6/16Z16 oz.
81851301478
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT BOWL 6/64Z64 oz.
81851301485
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionWATERMELON SPEAR 6/16Z16 oz.
81851301591
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionWATERMELON SPEAR 4/28Z28 oz.
81851301607
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionCANTALOUPE CHUNKS 1/80Z80 oz.
81851301614
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionHONEYDEW CHUNKS 1/80Z80 oz.
81851301621
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT MIX 1/5LB80 oz.
81851302079
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionWATERMELON CHUNKS 1/5LB80 oz.
81851302147
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionFRUIT BURST 6/10Z10 oz.
81851302215
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionWATERMELON TRAY 1/5LB80 oz.
81851302239
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Caito Foods DistributionWATERMELON CHUNK 4/18Z18 oz.826766260317
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Costco
FRUIT BOWL 8/48Z48 oz.
826766241125
Garden Highway Label4/27/18 -06/16/18
Gordon Food Service
WATERMELON CHUNKS 4/5Z5 oz.
826766009800
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Gordon Food Service
CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 4/5Z5 oz.
826766009817
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Gordon Food Service
MELON MIX 4/5Z5 oz.
826766009886
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Gordon Food Service
FRUIT MIX 6/4.5Z 4.5 oz.826766257676
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Gordon Food Service
WATERMELON CHUNK 4/10Z10 oz.
826766260041
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON QUARTER 6/36Z36 oz.
826766139903
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
CANTALOUPE HALF 6/24Z24 oz.
826766139927
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON SLICE 1/55Z55 oz.
826766139941
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON CHUNK 1/5LB80 oz.
826766896011
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
HONEYDEW CHUNKS 1/10Z10 oz.
49022558632
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
MELON SPEAR TRIO 1/16Z16 oz.
826766139590
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
MIXED SPEARS 1/16Z16 oz.
826766139606
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON SPEAR 1/16Z16 oz.
826766139620
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
MELON MIX 1/10Z10 oz.
826766139804
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON CHUNK 1/10Z10 oz.
826766139859
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/10Z10 oz.
826766140008
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/24Z24 oz.
826766140060
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
MELON MIX 1/24Z24 oz.
826766140077
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON CHUNK 1/24Z24 oz.
826766140084
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON CHUNK 1/48Z48 oz.
826766140145
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
FRUIT SNACK TRAY 1/40Z40 oz.
826766140152
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
FRUIT MEDLEY 1/10Z10 oz.
826766140176
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
FRUIT MEDLEY 1/24Z24 oz.
826766140244
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
FRUIT MEDLEY 1/48Z48 oz.
826766140305
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
FRUIT TRAY SM W/DIP 1/26.75Z26.75 oz.
826766145386
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
FRUIT TRAY LRG W/DIP 1/63Z63 oz.
826766145393
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
WATERMELON SPEAR 1/4LB64 oz.
826766181704
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
FRU TRAY LG W/WATMLN 1/64.75Z64.75 oz.
826766185498
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
SALAD FIESTA FRUIT 1/18Z18 oz.
826766185641
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Kroger
CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/5LB80 oz.
826766896578
Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT MIX 6/5Z5 oz.
884853630610
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 1/80Z80 oz.
884853631266
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
WATERMELON SPEAR 4/28Z28 oz.
884853630672
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
CANTALOUPE SPEARS 6/16Z16 oz.
884853630856
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT BURST 6/10Z10 oz.
884853630887
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
MELON MIX 6/10Z10 oz.
884853630894
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT MIX 6/10Z10 oz.
884853630900
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
HONEYDEW CHUNKS 6/10Z10 oz.
884853630924
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 6/10Z10 oz.
884853630931
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
WATERMELON CHUNKS 6/9.5Z9.5 oz.
884853630948
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT BURST 4/20Z20 oz.
884853630955
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT MIX 3/48Z48 oz.
884853630962
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
MELON MIX 6/16Z16 oz.
884853630986
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT MIX 6/16Z16 oz.
884853630993
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT TRAY 3/32Z32 oz.
884853631006
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
FRUIT PARTY PLATTER 3/64Z64 oz.
884853631013
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
WATERMELON SPEAR 6/16Z16 oz.
884853631068
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
SpartanNash Distribution
HONEYDEW CHUNKS 1/80Z80 oz.
884853631273
Open Acres
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Sprouts
WATERMELON CHUNK 6/18Z18 oz.
646670522406
Sprouts Farmers Market
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Sprouts
MELON MIX CHUNK 6/20Z20 oz.
646670522437
Sprouts Farmers Market
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Sprouts
WATERMELON CHUNK 6/9.5Z9.5 oz.
646670522444
Sprouts Farmers Market
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Sprouts
FRUIT BURST 6/10Z10 oz.
646670522482
Sprouts Farmers Market
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Sprouts
FRUIT PARTY PLATTER 3/64Z64 oz.
646670522499
Sprouts Farmers Market
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Sprouts
WATERMELON SPEAR 6/16Z16 oz.
826766893850
Sprouts Farmers Market
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Trader Joes
CANTALOUPE SLICE Trader Joe’s 12/16Z16 oz.
00952668
Trader Joe’s
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
MELON MIX 1/10Z10 oz.
49022519114
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
WATERMELON CHUNK 1/5Z5 oz.
49022519138
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
CANTALOUPE SNACK CUP WAG 1/5Z5 oz.
49022519169
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
SEASONAL FRUIT SALAD 1/10Z10 oz.
49022519183
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
TROPICAL MEDLEY 1/10Z10 oz.
49022536999
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
MANGO PINE LOPE SPEAR WAG 1/5Z
5 oz.
49022537019
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
FRUIT BURST 1/10Z10 oz.
49022558625
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
WATERMELON SPEAR 1/16Z16 oz.
49022588219
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
CANTALOUPE SPEAR WAG 1/16Z16 oz.
49022588240
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL WAG 1/32Z
32 oz.
49022637764
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
FRUIT TRAY 1/22Z22 oz.
49022683129
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
WATERMELON CHUNK 1/9.5Z9.5 oz.
49022804586
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
FRUIT SPEAR ASSORTED 1 /16Z16 oz.
49022813823
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/10Z10 oz.
49022822436
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
FRUIT MIX 1/10Z10 oz.
49022822443
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walgreens
WATERMELON CHUNK 1/18Z18 oz.
49022923331
Delish
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
CANTALOUPE SPEAR 4/10Z10 oz.
681131180146
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
CANTALOUPE SPEAR 4/16Z16 oz.
681131180153
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
FRUIT TRAY 2/48Z48 oz.
681131180207
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
FRUIT BOWL 2/40Z40 oz.
681131180238
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
SEASONAL BLEND 4/10Z10 oz.
681131180481
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
SEASONAL BLEND 4/16Z16 oz.
681131180498
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
SEASONAL BLEND 2/32Z32 oz.
681131180504
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
WATERMELON CHUNK 2/42Z40 oz.
681131180658
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
WATERMELON SPEAR 4/16Z16 oz.
681131180665
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
WATERMELON SPEAR 4/10Z10 oz.
681131180672
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
WATERMELON SPEAR 2/32Z32 oz.
681131180689
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
SEASONAL TRIO 2/32Z32 oz.
681131180696
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
WATERMELON QUARTERS 4/44Z47 oz.
681131221719
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
MELON BERRY MIX 4/10Z13 oz.
826766254248
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Walmart
SALAD SEASONAL FRUIT 4/10Z13 oz.
826766254262
Freshness Guaranteed
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Whole Foods/Amazon
MELON COMBO
20 oz.
82676681120
Whole Foods Market Label
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Whole Foods/Amazon
FRUIT TRAY SMALL
36 oz.
826766811274
Whole Foods Market Label
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Whole Foods/Amazon
FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL
20 oz.
826766810987
Whole Foods Market Label
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Whole Foods/Amazon
CANTALOUPE CHUNKS
10 oz.
826766811199
Whole Foods Market Label
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Whole Foods/Amazon
WATERMELON CHUNKS
9.5 oz.
826766810956
Whole Foods Market Label
4/27/18 -06/16/18
Whole Foods/Amazon
Watermelon Spears,
16 oz.
826766810970
Whole Foods Market Label
4/27/18 -06/16/18

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Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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