Recent Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to cut fruit produced by Caito Foods of Indianapolis and Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, NJ. In both outbreaks, cut melon was included in fruit mixes. Our Salmonella lawyers have represented clients in both of these outbreaks. If you were among those sickened, you may still be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
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In 2019, cut fruit produced by Caito Foods was linked to an outbreak that sickened 137 people in 10 states with Salmonella Carrau infections. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized.
The patients in this outbreak, who range in age from less than 1 year to 93 years old, reported onset-of-illness dates from March 3, 2019, to May 1, 2019. The number of cases reported from each state was: Alabama (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (26), Kentucky (26), Michigan (22), Missouri (3), Minnesota (8), Ohio (42) and Wisconsin (1).
The outbreak triggered a recall of 110 cut fruit products that were sold at grocery stores nationwide including the following major retail chains.
- Amazon/Whole Foods under the Whole Foods Market Label
- Kroger under the Renaissance Food Group or Boar’s Head Private Label
- Target under the Garden Highway Label
- Trader Joes under the Trader Joes label
- Walmart under a Freshness Guaranteed label
This was the second Salmonella outbreak linked to cut fruit from Caito Foods in a 12-month period. In 2018, a Salmonella outbreak linked to Caito pre-cut melon ended after sickening 77 people in nine states with Salmonella Adelaide infections. Thirty-six people were hospitalized.
Tailor Cut Fruit Salmonella Outbreak
In February 2020, a Salmonella outbreak linked to cut fruit processed by Tailor Cut Produce ended after sickening 165 people in 14 states. Seventy-three people were hospitalized.
The people sickened, who range in age from less than 1 to 92 years old, reported onset of symptoms on dates ranging from November 7, 2019, to January 11, 2020. Most said they ate cut fruit served at long-term care facilities, hospitals, hotels, or schools before they became ill. Some said they purchased cut fruit from multiple locations of a grocery store chain, the name of which was not disclosed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In this outbreak and both Caito outbreaks, the hospitalization rate was higher than average meaning the illnesses were more invasive than is typical, an indication that the strains of Salmonella linked to the illnesses were especially virulent.
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