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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sliced Melon Sickens 117 in 10 States

A salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon produced by an Indiana firm has sickened at least 117 people in 10 states, according to a joint investigation by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The recall affects pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley produced by Indianapolis, Indiana-based Caito Foods LLC. The products were sold at Kroger, Target, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and under the Whole Foods label.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got sick after eating recalled melon products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

Which States were the Recalled Melons Distributed to?

According to the FDA, the recalled products were distributed to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Salmonella Symptoms

Most people infected with salmonella bacteria experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours of consuming the offending product, CDC said. Those most likely to develop serious reactions to the bacterium include very young children, the elderly population, and people with compromised immune systems.


Extreme cases of salmonellosis may require hospitalization and intravenous (IV) fluids, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additionally, doctors may recommend anti-diarrheal medications such as loperamide, which can help relieve cramping, but may also prolong the diarrhea associated with salmonella infection.

CDC Recommendation

“If you cannot determine if any pre-cut melon you purchased was produced by Caito Foods LLC, don’t eat it and throw it away,” CDC said.

The outbreak of salmonella illnesses was first reported on March 4 and continued to April 8, CDC said. At least 32 people have been hospitalized for complications resulting from their illness, the agency said.

Do I have a Melon Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in melon recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with a salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) infection after eating recalled melons, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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