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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:

Customer Product Description Pack Weight UPC Label Description/Brand Best By/Use By Date Range
Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE SPEARS 6/16Z 16 oz.

81851301294

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution HONEYDEW SPEARS 6/16Z 16 oz.

81851301300

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution MELON MIX 6/10Z 10 oz.

81851301331

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 6/10Z 10 oz.

81851301348

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution HONEYDEW CHUNKS 6/10Z 10 oz.

81851301362

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 6/10Z 10 oz.

81851301379

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNKS 6/9.5Z 9.5 oz.

81851301386

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 6/5Z 5 oz.

81851301393

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT BURST 4/20Z 20 oz.

81851301409

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 3/48Z 48 oz.

81851301416

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution MELON MIX 6/16Z 16 oz.

81851301430

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 6/16Z 16 oz.

81851301447

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT SNACK TRAY 3/32Z 32 oz.

81851301454

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT PARTY PLATTER 3/64Z 64 oz.

81851301461

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution MELON MIX SPEARS 6/16Z 16 oz.

81851301478

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT BOWL 6/64Z 64 oz.

81851301485

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON SPEAR 6/16Z 16 oz.

81851301591

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON SPEAR 4/28Z 28 oz.

81851301607

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 1/80Z 80 oz.

81851301614

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution HONEYDEW CHUNKS 1/80Z 80 oz.

81851301621

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 1/5LB 80 oz.

81851302079

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNKS 1/5LB 80 oz.

81851302147

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT BURST 6/10Z 10 oz.

81851302215

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON TRAY 1/5LB 80 oz.

81851302239

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNK 4/18Z 18 oz. 826766260317

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Costco

FRUIT BOWL 8/48Z 48 oz.

826766241125

Garden Highway Label 4/27/18 -06/16/18

Gordon Food Service

WATERMELON CHUNKS 4/5Z 5 oz.

826766009800

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Gordon Food Service

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 4/5Z 5 oz.

826766009817

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Gordon Food Service

MELON MIX 4/5Z 5 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 4/10Z 10 oz.

826766260041

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON QUARTER 6/36Z 36 oz.

826766139903

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

CANTALOUPE HALF 6/24Z 24 oz.

826766139927

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON SLICE 1/55Z 55 oz.

826766139941

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON CHUNK 1/5LB 80 oz.

826766896011

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

HONEYDEW CHUNKS 1/10Z 10 oz.

49022558632

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

MELON SPEAR TRIO 1/16Z 16 oz.

826766139590

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

MIXED SPEARS 1/16Z 16 oz.

826766139606

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON SPEAR 1/16Z 16 oz.

826766139620

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

MELON MIX 1/10Z 10 oz.

826766139804

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON CHUNK 1/10Z 10 oz.

826766139859

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/10Z 10 oz.

826766140008

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/24Z 24 oz.

826766140060

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

MELON MIX 1/24Z 24 oz.

826766140077

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON CHUNK 1/24Z 24 oz.

826766140084

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON CHUNK 1/48Z 48 oz.

826766140145

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

FRUIT SNACK TRAY 1/40Z 40 oz.

826766140152

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

FRUIT MEDLEY 1/10Z 10 oz.

826766140176

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

FRUIT MEDLEY 1/24Z 24 oz.

826766140244

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

FRUIT MEDLEY 1/48Z 48 oz.

826766140305

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

FRUIT TRAY SM W/DIP 1/26.75Z 26.75 oz.

826766145386

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

FRUIT TRAY LRG W/DIP 1/63Z 63 oz.

826766145393

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

WATERMELON SPEAR 1/4LB 64 oz.

826766181704

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

FRU TRAY LG W/WATMLN 1/64.75Z 64.75 oz.

826766185498

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

SALAD FIESTA FRUIT 1/18Z 18 oz.

826766185641

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Kroger

CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/5LB 80 oz.

826766896578

Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT MIX 6/5Z 5 oz.

884853630610

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 1/80Z 80 oz.

884853631266

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

WATERMELON SPEAR 4/28Z 28 oz.

884853630672

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

CANTALOUPE SPEARS 6/16Z 16 oz.

884853630856

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT BURST 6/10Z 10 oz.

884853630887

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

MELON MIX 6/10Z 10 oz.

884853630894

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT MIX 6/10Z 10 oz.

884853630900

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

HONEYDEW CHUNKS 6/10Z 10 oz.

884853630924

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 6/10Z 10 oz.

884853630931

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

WATERMELON CHUNKS 6/9.5Z 9.5 oz.

884853630948

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT BURST 4/20Z 20 oz.

884853630955

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT MIX 3/48Z 48 oz.

884853630962

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

MELON MIX 6/16Z 16 oz.

884853630986

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT MIX 6/16Z 16 oz.

884853630993

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT TRAY 3/32Z 32 oz.

884853631006

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

FRUIT PARTY PLATTER 3/64Z 64 oz.

884853631013

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

WATERMELON SPEAR 6/16Z 16 oz.

884853631068

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

SpartanNash Distribution

HONEYDEW CHUNKS 1/80Z 80 oz.

884853631273

Open Acres

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Sprouts

WATERMELON CHUNK 6/18Z 18 oz.

646670522406

Sprouts Farmers Market

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Sprouts

MELON MIX CHUNK 6/20Z 20 oz.

646670522437

Sprouts Farmers Market

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Sprouts

WATERMELON CHUNK 6/9.5Z 9.5 oz.

646670522444

Sprouts Farmers Market

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Sprouts

FRUIT BURST 6/10Z 10 oz.

646670522482

Sprouts Farmers Market

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Sprouts

FRUIT PARTY PLATTER 3/64Z 64 oz.

646670522499

Sprouts Farmers Market

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Sprouts

WATERMELON SPEAR 6/16Z 16 oz.

826766893850

Sprouts Farmers Market

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Trader Joes

CANTALOUPE SLICE Trader Joe’s 12/16Z 16 oz.

00952668

Trader Joe’s

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

MELON MIX 1/10Z 10 oz.

49022519114

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

WATERMELON CHUNK 1/5Z 5 oz.

49022519138

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

CANTALOUPE SNACK CUP WAG 1/5Z 5 oz.

49022519169

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

SEASONAL FRUIT SALAD 1/10Z 10 oz.

49022519183

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

TROPICAL MEDLEY 1/10Z 10 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 1/10Z 10 oz.

49022558625

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

WATERMELON SPEAR 1/16Z 16 oz.

49022588219

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

CANTALOUPE SPEAR WAG 1/16Z 16 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 1/22Z 22 oz.

49022683129

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

WATERMELON CHUNK 1/9.5Z 9.5 oz.

49022804586

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

FRUIT SPEAR ASSORTED 1 /16Z 16 oz.

49022813823

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

CANTALOUPE CHUNK 1/10Z 10 oz.

49022822436

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

FRUIT MIX 1/10Z 10 oz.

49022822443

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walgreens

WATERMELON CHUNK 1/18Z 18 oz.

49022923331

Delish

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

CANTALOUPE SPEAR 4/10Z 10 oz.

681131180146

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

CANTALOUPE SPEAR 4/16Z 16 oz.

681131180153

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

FRUIT TRAY 2/48Z 48 oz.

681131180207

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

FRUIT BOWL 2/40Z 40 oz.

681131180238

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

SEASONAL BLEND 4/10Z 10 oz.

681131180481

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

SEASONAL BLEND 4/16Z 16 oz.

681131180498

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

SEASONAL BLEND 2/32Z 32 oz.

681131180504

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

WATERMELON CHUNK 2/42Z 40 oz.

681131180658

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

WATERMELON SPEAR 4/16Z 16 oz.

681131180665

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

WATERMELON SPEAR 4/10Z 10 oz.

681131180672

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

WATERMELON SPEAR 2/32Z 32 oz.

681131180689

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

SEASONAL TRIO 2/32Z 32 oz.

681131180696

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

WATERMELON QUARTERS 4/44Z 47 oz.

681131221719

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

MELON BERRY MIX 4/10Z 13 oz.

826766254248

Freshness Guaranteed

4/27/18 -06/16/18

Walmart

SALAD SEASONAL FRUIT 4/10Z 13 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

Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 20 years and they have three sons (ages 17, 16 and 14). 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. They also own a small business that Trish runs from home. 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 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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