The Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has ended after sickening 77 people, some of whom hired Salmonella lawyers to file suit against Caito Foods and Walmart. Thirty-six people were hospitalized in the nine-state outbreak linked to pre-cut fruit produced by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC. The national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman filed a lawsuit on behalf of one of them, an Ohio woman who developed a life-threatening illness.

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Pre-Cut Melon Salmonella Adelaide Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products containing melons produced at the Caito Foods on June 8, 2018. Seven weeks later, on July 26, 2108,  the agency declared an end to the outbreak which sickened 77 people in nine states.

The case count by state was as follows: AR (1), FL (1), IL (7), IN (14), KY (1), MI (39), MO (11), OH (2), TN (1). In interviews with health officials, case-patients reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from April 30, 2018, to July 2, 2018. Those sickened ranged in age from less than 1 year old to 97years old, with a median age of 67.

Caito Foods Cut Melon Recall

On June 9, 2018, Caito issued a recall for the pre-cut fruit sold in salads, fruit trays, melon chunks, and melon spears. The recalled products were packaged in clear plastic containers and sold at dozens of grocery stores throughout the U.S. including:

  • Costco
  • Walmart
  • Kroger
  • Trader Joe’s
  • WholeFoods/Amazon
  • Sprouts
  • Jay C
  • Payless
  • Walgreens

Click here to see the full list of melon products recalled by Caito Foods.

Caito Foods Salmonella Lawsuit

According to the lawsuit filed on June 12 by Pritzker Hageman law firm, a 73-year-old Ohio woman purchased a pre-cut fruit product produced by Caito from a Walmart store in Findlay, Ohio. The day after she ate the fruit, she developed symptoms of a Salmonella infection including stomach cramps and diarrhea. When these symptoms persisted, she saw her doctor and was admitted to the hospital with a pervasive Salmonella infection. Her lengthy hospitalization included a stay in the intensive care unit. 

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