Indianapolis — The United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control announced an outbreak of Salmonella Carrau in pre-cut melon products on April 12. The melons were distributed by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods.
While the distributor is based in Indiana, it is important to note that the melons used in the affected products were not grown in Indiana. The melons that are being recalled were imported from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
There are no melons available from Indiana farmers at this time. Indiana’s melon growers are currently preparing to plant their 2019 crop, and they expect to harvest a safe product.
The melons that are being recalled can be found nine states, including Indiana. Several retailers in Indiana including Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joes and Jay C stores have had the recalled products on their shelves and many have removed the products.
It is recommended that consumers check the list of recalled melon products before they make a purchase in the store or if they plan to consume melon products they have recently purchased. For a list of impacted products and “Use by” dates to look for when purchasing melon products, visit the FDA website.
— Indiana Farm Bureau
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