Nearly 100 ill and two deaths connected to cantaloupe
Several companies have announced recalls of cantaloupe that has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99 people have reported illnesses across 32 states, with 45 hospitalizations and two deaths connected to the Salmonella outbreak.
Whole cantaloupes have a “Malichita” or “Rudy” sticker with the number 4050 and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique.” Trufresh, Crown Jewels and Pacific Trellis announced recalls of whole melons.
Vinyard Fruit & Vegetable Co.'s Vinyard brand pre-cut cantaloupes — including cantaloupe cubes, melon medleys and fruit medleys — sold in Oklahoma stores Oct. 30-Nov. 10 are also being recalled. Most have a yellow label with “Vinyard,” and some have a red label with “Fresh.”
ALDI is also recalling whole cantaloupe and pre-cut fruit products sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin with best-by dates between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31.
Freshness Guaranteed brand and RaceTrac brand pre-cut cantaloupes are also involved in the recall, including cantaloupe chunks, seasonal blend, melon mixes and fruit mixes packed in clear square or round plastic containers with best-by dates between Nov. 7 and Nov. 12. These products were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Investigators are working to identify any additional cantaloupe products that may be contaminated.