In a concerning turn of events, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers regarding the consumption of certain brands of cantaloupes due to potential salmonella contamination. As of November 17, a total of 43 individuals have fallen ill, with 17 requiring hospitalization in connection to the outbreak.
The FDA initiated the dissemination of cantaloupe recall notices earlier this month, intensifying efforts in recent days as the number of reported cases increased. The affected products stem from various companies and encompass multiple brands, including Crown Jewels Produce’s Malichita / Z Farms brands, CF Dallas, LLC’s Freshness Guaranteed and RaceTrac brands, Trufresh’s Malichita and Ruby brands, and Vinyard.
Adding to the list of recalls, popular supermarket chain Aldi has also taken measures to recall certain cantaloupe products. Comprehensive details regarding the specific products subject to recall can be found through the provided links. These recent recalls come on the heels of a September recall involving Kandy-branded cantaloupes.
Most of the newly recalled products were sold or distributed between October and November 2023, and while many may have already expired, some consumers might have frozen the cantaloupe products for later use. Consumption of contaminated cantaloupe can result in salmonella infection, leading to illness, hospitalization, and, in severe cases, even death.
It is crucial to highlight that the FDA’s investigation into the salmonella cantaloupe outbreak is ongoing, leaving open the possibility of additional recalls in the future. The FDA strongly advises consumers, restaurants, and retailers against serving or consuming any of the recalled cantaloupe products. Those in possession of the affected cantaloupes are urged to discard them immediately and thoroughly sanitize any surfaces that may have come into contact with the contaminated fruit.
If uncertainty persists regarding whether a cantaloupe is part of the recall, the FDA recommends erring on the side of caution and disposing of it without consumption. As developments unfold, vigilance remains paramount in safeguarding public health against the ongoing salmonella cantaloupe outbreak.