Updated July 26, 2018
The CDC announced that as of July 26, 2018 the multistate Salmonella Adelaide outbreak appears to be over. The CDC is recommending that, consumers, restaurants, and retailers that had recalled pre-cut melons should take steps, such as washing and sanitizing drawers, shelves, bins, etc. to prevent possible contaminate other foods. It is also important to always choose and handle fruits safely to help prevent foodborne illness.
Originally published June 9, 2018
Early this morning, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially informed Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and other stakeholders that the agencies are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of
likely associated with fruit salad mixes that include pre-cut melons.
There are 60 people ill with this strain of Salmonella
in five states: IL (6), IN (11), MI (32), MO (10), OH (1). The ages of the ill people range from less than one year to 97 (median 67 years) and 65% of cases are female. Reported illness onset dates range from 4/30/18 – 5/28/18. Among 47 cases with available information, 31 (66%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Since it takes 2-4 weeks to accomplish testing and reporting to CDC, this outbreak is considered to be ongoing. You can find the link to the FDA website here
What is being done?
FDA advises consumers not to eat recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Caito Foods, LLC distributed products produced at this facility in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon. Caito Foods, LLC has voluntarily recalled
fruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated products. A full listing of the products being recalled can be found on the FDA
website and CDC
FDA is currently working with state partners to trace back the pre-cut melons to identify the source of the pathogen, to determine the full distribution of the pre-cut melons, and to learn more about how the contamination occurred.
It is still early in this outbreak investigation. Unfortunately, our industry has seen Salmonella
outbreaks related to melons previously. This is the first time we have detected Salmonella adelaide
and melons. It is our understanding that this is a rare organism and the PFGE pattern is distinctive. We will keep you informed as we learn more.
If you have any questions about this outbreak, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you.
Bob Whitaker, PhD
Chief Science & Technology Officer, Produce Marketing Association