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Protect Yourself: Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cantaloupe Products

Protect Yourself: Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cantaloupe Products

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As of December 2023, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded 302 cases in 42 states of salmonella infections linked to cantaloupes and cantaloupe products. Four individuals have died and 129 were hospitalized in the United States due to the outbreak, which has become a cause for concern and highlights the importance of staying informed and protected.

Understanding Salmonella And Its Risks

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that affects the intestinal tract. It is commonly found in raw or undercooked poultry, eggs, meat, and unpasteurized dairy products. The bacteria can also be present in fruits and vegetables, including cantaloupes. 

Salmonella can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting when consumed. In severe cases, it can lead to dehydration and hospitalization. Certain individuals, such as young children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems, are more susceptible to severe complications from Salmonella infection.

To minimize the risk of contracting Salmonella, practicing good hygiene and safe food handling techniques is crucial. By understanding the risks associated with this bacterium, individuals can take proactive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Symptoms And Complications of Salmonella Infection

Salmonella infection typically presents with symptoms within twelve to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food. These symptoms may include diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, and nausea. 

Additional symptoms may include: 

  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Blood in the stool

In most cases, the illness lasts for about four to seven days, and most people recover without medical treatment. However, for certain individuals, particularly those with weakened immune systems, Salmonella infection can lead to more severe complications. These complications may include bloodstream infections, which can spread to other parts of the body and require hospitalization. Individuals need to be aware of the symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen or persist.

Products Affected By the Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC is currently investigating the true number of sick individuals and how many regions are affected and warns that consumers should be careful when choosing cantaloupe products. Whole cantaloupes have been recalled from brands Malichita and Rudy. Cut cantaloupe products from major retailers nationwide have also been recalled including: 

  • Kwik Trip
  • Kroger
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Sprouts
  • Aldi’s 
  • Racetrac

For a complete list of recalled cantaloupe and cantaloupe products, visit the Food & Drug Administration’s ongoing investigation report at fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-cantaloupes-november-2023.

As reported by CNN Health, the CDC further warns consumers to “not eat pre-cut cantaloupes if you don’t know whether Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes were used. This includes cantaloupe chunks and fruit mixes with cantaloupes at restaurants and grocery stores.”

What To Do With Recalled Fruit and Fruit Products

The CDC insists consumers throw away or return any recalled cantaloupes and cantaloupe products. Businesses should also not sell potentially contaminated products. To further protect individuals and their families, the CDC recommends that surfaces and other items that have come into contact with contaminated fruit be washed thoroughly using hot soapy water. Consumers may also use a dishwasher to remove the bacterium from any items that may have come into contact with the contaminated fruit.

Steps To Take If You Suspect A Salmonella Infection

Individuals must seek immediate medical attention if they suspect they believe they are infected with Salmonella. Telltale signs of an infection include a fever over 102 degrees, vomiting, and diarrhea. Consumers should also report the infection to the FDA by calling 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366) or visiting fda.gov/food/resources-you-food/industry-and-consumer-assistance-cfsan.

Keeping South Florida Families Safe

At Panter, Panter, and Sampedro we seek to keep our South Florida families safe by providing consumer safety resources like this. However, when the worst does occur, our personal injury law firm will fight to successfully get you the justice, recovery, and compensation you deserve. Speak to a dedicated product safety attorney today by calling (305) 662-6178 or visit panterlaw.com











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