An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak, the government said. 93 people were infected, of which 23 were hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. No deaths were reported.
The recall includes the cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC, said the US Food and Drug Administration. The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels on Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods.
The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Health workers recommended consumers to check packaging to determine if melon was distributed by Caito Foods. They recommended stores to pull the products off the shelves.
"Consumers should not consume the product and should immediately dispose of the remaining product," the FDA said in a statement.
Salmonella Carrau is described as rare. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.