Malichita Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 6 Dead [Update]

Updated January 19 with final case totals

A deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to Malichita brand cantaloupe imported from Mexico has ended with 407 illnesses, 158 hospitalizations, and six deaths. The melons were sold whole under the Malichita and Rudy brand names and cut under other brand names at stores including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, ALDI, and Kwik Trip.

Illnesses were reported in the U.S. and Canada. Recalls for whole and cut melon were issued.

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Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak

Between October 15, 2023, to December 25, 2023, 407 people from 44 states became ill, and 158 were hospitalized. Six people died. The patients range in age from 1 to 100 years old, 52 of them lived at long-term care facilities and 44 were children who attended childcare centers.

The number of cases reported from each state is: Alaska (1), Arizona (15), Arkansas (2),  California (56), Colorado (11), Connecticut (2), Florida (4), Georgia (8), Illinois (22), Indiana (9), Iowa (12), Kansas (2), Kentucky (10),  Maryland (9), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (7), Minnesota (29),  Mississippi (1), Missouri (15), Montana (3),  Nebraska (7), Nevada (5), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (8), New Mexico (2), New York (14), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (1), Ohio (14), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (8), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (10), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (7), Texas (30), Utah (12), Vermont (1), Virginia (8), Washington (4), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (29), and Wyoming (1).

In Canada, 164 illnesses, 61 hospitalizations, and seven deaths were reported. This outbreak is linked to two strains of SalmonellaSundvsall and Oranienburg. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency found these strains in Malichita brand cantaloupes.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure. They include nausea, fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that can be bloody.

Experienced Salmonella Lawyers

The food safety lawyers at the Pritzker Hageman law firm filed the first lawsuit associated with this outbreak and is representing a family who suffered the wrongful death of a loved one.

If you or your family member developed a Salmonella infection after eating recalled cantaloupe and would like a free consultation with an experienced Salmonella lawyer, please contact us. Our Salmonella Legal Team has represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or by completing the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.

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