RECALL: FDA says some pre-cut fruit has made 93 people sick, hospitalized 23

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KENTUCKY – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is a possible health risk from some fresh cut fruit at grocery stores. The FDA is investigating 93 reports of illnesses linked to these products.

Caito Foods has voluntarily recalled their fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, fresh cut cantaloupe, and fresh cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis.

If you have this product in your fridge, throw it out now!

AP reports that 23 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

The FDA says “these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”

Healthy people who are infected with Salmonella could experience symptoms like fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

The company has since suspended production and distribution of the product in question. The recall affects products in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

AP reports that the fruit is sold under different brands and labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target, and Whole Foods. Stores are being advised to pull all the product off the shelves.

You can read more information from the FDA here.