Salmonella Outbreak Hits 15 States

( – The U.S. Centers For Disease Control, or CDC, has issued a food safety alert after multiple reports of salmonella poisoning linked to cantaloupes.

According to the alert, the agency has recorded 43 cases so far of salmonella poisoning across 15 different states – Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia. Seventeen people have also been reported to need hospitalization but thankfully, there have been no deaths linked to the outbreak as of press time. The Food and Drug Administration, which is looking into the situation, said that the most recent report was on November 6.

A recall has also been issued for the cantaloupes, which are labelled with stickers that read “Malichita”, “4050”, and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique”. The recall covers both whole fruits and cut/slices fruit pieces, particularly whole cantaloupes that sold under the Malichita brand between October 16 and October 23, as well as pre-cut cantaloupes sold under the Vinyard brand between October 30 and November 10. Also covered are both whole and pre-cut cantaloupes sold by ALDI that have anywhere between October 27 and October 31 as best-by dates. Consumers who bought the contaminated fruits are urged to throw them away immediately.

Investigators are still in the process of determining if there are other brands that are possible contaminated. It is also possible that the salmonella contamination may have reached as far as Canada.

Officials say that the actual numbers of people who have been impacted by the outbreak are probably much higher. This is due to the fact that salmonella poisoning is not always immediately apparent, with symptoms typically taking several days before showing. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever, and can last for up to a week. Salmonella is particularly dangerous – and even sometimes fatal – to young children and elderly adults, as well as individuals who have compromised immune systems.

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