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Salmonella outbreak triggers recall by Caito Foods

Caito Foods, a leading fresh-cut produce distributor based in Indianapolis, has issued a voluntary recall of various pre-cut melon products following a multi-state Salmonella outbreak.

The U.S Centers for Disease Control & Prevention warned the public on June 9 not to eat Caito Foods’ pre-cut cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon and fresh-cut mixed fruit from certain retailers, including Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Delish, Whole Foods, Kroger, Sprouts, Renaissance and Open Acres, as it investigates the outbreak that has sickened 60 people.

The products, packed in clear plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio, all originated at Caito Foods’ Indianapolis facility. The recall includes fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit.

The recall extends to both retailers and consumers due to the fact that products shipped between April 17 and June 7 could still be on store shelves. Caito said it has ceased distributing them as the CDC and Food & Drug Administration continue to investigate.