The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating an ongoing salmonella outbreak concerning particular whole and cut cantaloupes types. “Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled cantaloupes or recalled products containing pre-cut cantaloupe.

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In addition, if you are unsure whether your cantaloupe, including pre-cut cantaloupe or products containing pre-cut cantaloupe, is included in the recall, the FDA advises not to consume or utilize it and dispose of it instead.

According to the FDA, there have been 117 total illnesses, 61 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths. Currently, there are no cases of reported illnesses in Alabama. However, the FDA said, "product distribution is Nationwide and in Canada.”

The states with cases are AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI.

FDA Salmonella Infection Symptoms

The illness usually occurs within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and usually lasts four to seven days.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

Children younger than five, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.

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What Does This Mean for Alabamians?

“GHGA pre-cut products containing cantaloupe branded as Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joes, and unbranded products sold at Kroger,” said the FDA.

Recalled products were distributed to the following locations:

Kroger stores in AL and GA

Sprout’s Farmers Market stores in AL, GA, NC, and SC

Trader Joe’s stores in AL, FL, GA, SC, and TN.

GHGA recommends reviewing the recall for lot codes and “sell-by” dates. Click here for more information from GHGA.

For the complete recall list that impacts different states, click here.

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