According to health authorities in both the US and Canada, a cantaloupe recall wasn’t soon enough to prevent hundreds of salmonella illnesses and the deaths of at least eight individuals, three in each country.
As of mid-November, 230 people in 38 states throughout the US have reported being unwell after consuming the contaminated melons, according to the CDC. At least 96 people have been admitted to the hospital.
In late November, Cut Fruit Express recalled fruit mixes that included cantaloupe; on December 5, specific fresh-cut fruit cups, clamshells, and tray products containing cantaloupe from TruFresh were recalled.
Since November, authorities at the federal and state levels have been looking into a salmonella epidemic associated with Mexican cantaloupe. No one should consume pre-cut cantaloupe without first verifying the fruit’s origin.
Since October, hundreds of individuals have contracted one of the salmonella types responsible for the epidemic.
The CDC has warned that the actual number of ill individuals is probably much more than what is being reported since there has been an upsurge in hospitalizations and not everyone tested for salmonella has yet been identified as part of the outbreak.
Cut Fruit Express recalled cantaloupe pieces and fruit combinations containing cantaloupe in early December. There was also a recall of TruFresh cantaloupe-containing fresh fruit cups, clamshells, and trays by TGD Cuts LLC.
On November 15th, all fresh cantaloupes sold between October 31 and November 9th this year, with the labels “Malichita” or “Rudy,” were recalled by Sofia Produce LLC, also known as Trufresh.To this day, health authorities have not established a causal relationship between the ailments and other items.
Among the many unpleasant symptoms that salmonella may induce are cramps, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and fever. Particularly in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, it may be deadly in extreme instances.