Nov 24, 2023 - Health

Two deaths tied to recalled cantaloupe, CDC says

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Two people have died in Minnesota and 45 people have been hospitalized due to an outbreak of salmonella tied to cantaloupe and cut fruit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

  • In total, at least 99 people across 32 states have been sickened in this outbreak, the CDC said.

Driving the news: The CDC said it expanded a recall to include whole cantaloupes that are labeled "Malichita" or "Rudy," with the number "4050," and "Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique."

  • The recall also includes ALDI whole cantaloupe and pre-cut fruit products with best-by dates between October 27 and October 31 that were sold in ALDI stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
  • Freshness Guaranteed brand and RaceTrac brand pre-cut cantaloupes with best-by dates between November 7 to November 12 that were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia are also part of the recall.
  • It also includes Vinyard brand pre-cut cantaloupes and fruit medley sold in Oklahoma between October 30 and November 10.

Threat level: Salmonella causes more foodborne illness than any other bacteria.

  • Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps which can start six hours to six days after swallowing the bacteria, per the CDC.
  • While most people recover without treatment after four to seven days, vulnerable individuals such as young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems may experience more severe illness.
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