Cut melons from Caito Foods linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak


Caito Foods LLC (Caito) is recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The cut fruit was produced at the company’s facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cut melons supplied by Caito are the likely source of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau infections that caused 93 illnesses in 9 states.

Twenty-three people have been hospitalized so far in the outbreak that began on March 4, 2019. The most recent reported illness was dated March 31, 2019. No deaths have been reported.

Confirmed cases of Salmonella Carrau associated with this outbreak have been reported in Alabama (1), Illinois (5), Indiana (18), Kentucky (16), Michigan (19), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Ohio (27), and Wisconsin (1).

Caito cut melon products were linked to the outbreak through epidemiological and traceback evidence.

The company has suspended production and distribution and is cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation.

According to CDC, most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.  Children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

This is the second time in less than a year that cut melons produced by Caito were associated with a Salmonella outbreak. 

An outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide that sickened 77 people in 9 states between April 30, 2018 and July 2, 2018 was linked to cut melon products from Caito’s Indianapolis facility. Thirty-six people were hospitalized. 

The following recalled products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers, and were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Caito Foods Distribution (Plant identifier code SN01); States affected: IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC; Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods; Best by/Use by 4/18/2019 and any date prior

CANTALOUPE SPEARS, 16 oz. UPC 81851301294

HONEYDEW SPEARS, 16 oz. UPC 81851301300

MELON MIX, 10 oz. UPC 81851301331

FRUIT MIX, 10 oz. UPC 81851301348

HONEYDEW CHUNKS, 10 oz. UPC 81851301362

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS, 10 oz. UPC 81851301379

WATERMELON CHUNKS, 9.5 oz. UPC 81851301386

FRUIT BURST, 20 oz. UPC 81851301409

FRUIT MIX, 48 oz. UPC 81851301416

FRUIT MIX, 16 oz. UPC 81851301447

FRUIT SNACK TRAY, 32 oz. UPC 81851301454

FRUIT PARTY PLATTER, 64 oz. UPC 81851301461

MELON MIX SPEARS, 16 oz. UPC 81851301478

FRUIT BOWL, 64 oz. UPC 81851301485

WATERMELON SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 81851301591

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS, 80 oz. UPC 81851301614

HONEYDEW CHUNKS, 80 oz. UPC 81851301621

FRUIT MIX, 80 oz. UPC 81851302079

WATERMELON CHUNKS, 80 oz. UPC 81851302147

FRUIT BURST, 10 oz. UPC 81851302215

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS, 6 oz. UPC 81851217441

FRUIT MIX CHUNK, 6 oz. UPC 81851222308

WATERMELON CHUNK, 6 oz. UPC 81851222360

FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL, 10 oz. UPC 81851223411

FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL, 20 oz. UPC 81851223442

FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL, 32 oz. UPC 81851223466

FRUIT SPEAR SEASONAL, 16 oz. UPC 81851272662

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 6 oz. UPC 81851272716

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 81851272723

FRUIT BURST, 10 oz. UPC 81851272778

FRUIT MIX, 10 oz. UPC 81851272785

MELON MIX, 10 oz. UPC 81851272815

MIXED FRUIT CHUNK, 6 oz. UPC 81851272822

SEASONAL FRUIT SALAD, 10 oz. UPC 81851272914

SEASONAL FRUIT SALAD, 32 oz. UPC 81851272921

WATERMELON SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 81851273010

WATERMELON CHUNK, 18 oz. UPC 81851273041

WATERMELON CHUNK, 6 oz. UPC 81851273058

WATERMELON CHUNK, 9.5 oz. UPC 81851273065

WATERMELON TRAY, 80 oz. UPC 81851302239

WATERMELON CHUNK, 18 oz. UPC 826766260317

Gordon Food Service (Plant identifier code SN01); States affected IN, MI, PA, WI, KY, OH; Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods; Best by/Use by 4/18/2019 and any date prior

WATERMELON CHUNKS, 5 oz. UPC 826766009800

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS, 5 oz. UPC 826766009817

FRUIT MIX, 4.5 oz. UPC 826766257676

WATERMELON CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 826766260041

MELON MIX, 5 oz. UPC 826766009886

Kroger (Plant identifier code GHMW); States affected: IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV; Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group; Best by/Use by 4/14/2019 and any date prior

MELON MIX, 10 oz. UPC 826766139804

FRUIT TRAY SM, 26.75 oz. UPC 826766145386

HONEYDEW CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 49022558632

WATERMELON SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 826766139620

WATERMELON CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 826766139859

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 80 oz. UPC 826766896578

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 826766140008

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 24 oz. UPC 826766140060

MELON MIX, 24 oz. UPC 826766140077

WATERMELON CHUNK, 24 oz. UPC 826766140084

WATERMELON CHUNK, 48 oz. UPC 826766140145

FRUIT SNACK TRAY, 40 oz. UPC 826766140152

FRUIT MEDLEY, 10 oz. UPC 826766140176

FRUIT MEDLEY, 24 oz. UPC 826766140244

FRUIT MEDLEY, 48 oz. UPC 826766140305

WATERMELON CHUNK, 80 oz. UPC 826766896011

WATERMELON SPEAR, 64 oz. UPC 826766181704

MIXED SPEARS, 16 oz. UPC 826766139606

MELON SPEAR TRIO, 16 oz. UPC 826766139590

FRU TRAY LG, 64.75 oz. UPC 826766185498

HONEYDEW CHUNK, 80 oz. UPC 826766898947

Kroger (Plant identifier code GHMW); States affected: IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV; Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group; Best by/Use by 4/18/2019 and any date prior

FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL, 80 oz. UPC 826766898985

Kroger (Plant identifier code GHMW); States affected: IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV; Boar’s Head Private Label; Best by/Use by 4/13/2019 and any date prior

SNACKER ITALIAN SALAMI, 4.75 oz. UPC 826766951246

SpartanNash Distribution (Plant identifier code SN01); States affected: MI, IN, IL; Open Acres; Best by/Use by 4/18/2019 and any date prior

CANTALOUPE SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 884853630856

FRUIT BURST, 10 oz. UPC 884853630887

MELON MIX, 10 oz. UPC 884853630894

FRUIT MIX, 10 oz. UPC 884853630900

HONEYDEW CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 884853630924

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 884853630931

WATERMELON CHUNK, 9.5 oz. UPC 884853630948

FRUIT BURST, 20 oz. UPC 884853630955

FRUIT MIX, 48 oz. UPC 884853630962

MELON MIX, 16 oz. UPC 884853630986

FRUIT MIX, 16 oz. UPC 884853630993

FRUIT TRAY, 32 oz. UPC 884853631006

FRUIT PARTY PLATTER, 64 oz. UPC 884853631013

WATERMELON SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 884853631068

WATERMELON SPEAR, 28 oz. UPC 884853630672

FRUIT BOWL, 64 oz. UPC 884853631235

Target (Plant identifier code GHMW); States affected: IL; Garden Highway Label; Best by/Use by 4/18/2019 and any date prior

FRUIT BURST, 50 oz. UPC 826766951796

FRUIT BURST, 10 oz. UPC 826766951079

Target (Plant identifier code GHMW); States affected: IL; Garden Highway Label; Best by/Use by 4/19/2019 and any date prior

WATERMELON CHUNK, 9.5 oz. UPC 826766951031

FRUIT SNACK TRAY, 32 oz. UPC 826766951789

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 10 oz. UPC 826766951048

MELON MIX, 20 oz. UPC 826766950898

CANTALOUPE SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 826766951109

WATERMELON SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 826766951093

CANTALOUPE CHUNK, 20 oz. UPC 826766951758

Trader Joes (Plant identifier code P-003); States affected: IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI; Trader Joes; Best by/Use by 4/19/2019 and any date prior

CANTALOUPE SLICE, 16 oz; UPC 95266

Walmart (Plant identifier code GHMW); States affected: IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI; Freshness Guaranteed; Best by/Use by 4/19/2019 and any date prior

CANTALOUPE SPEAR, 10 oz. UPC 681131180146

SEASONAL TRIO, 32 oz. UPC 681131180696

WATERMELON SPEAR, 32 oz. UPC 681131180689

SEASONAL BLEND, 10 oz. UPC 681131180481

SEASONAL BLEND, 16 oz. UPC 681131180498

WATERMELON SPEAR, 10 oz. UPC 681131180672

WATERMELON SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 681131180665

FRUIT BOWL, 40 oz. UPC 681131180238

CANTALOUPE SPEAR, 16 oz. UPC 681131180153

WATERMELON CHUNK, 40 oz. UPC 681131180658

SEASONAL BLEND, 32 oz. UPC 681131180504

FRUIT TRAY, 48 oz. UPC 681131180207

Amazon/Whole Foods (Plant identifier code GHMW); States affected: IL, WI; Whole Foods Market Label; Best by/Use by 4/18/2019 and any date prior

WATERMELON CHUNKS, 9.5 oz. UPC 826766810956

CANTALOUPE CHUNKS, 10 oz. UPC 826766811045

WATERMELON SPEARS, 16 oz. UPC 826766810970

MELON COMBO, 20 oz. UPC 826766811205

FRUIT TRAY SMALL, 36 oz. UPC 826766811274

Recalls and Alerts: June 10 – 13, 2018


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

Outbreak Alert / Food Safety Recall Update: CDC and FDA report that Iowa has been added to the list of states where pre-cut melon linked to an active Salmonella Adelaide outbreak has been distributed.

Allergy Alert: J Bar B Foods recalls H-E-B TEXAS HERITAGE SAUSAGE SMOKED WITH NATURAL HARDWOOD BEEF BRISKET (12 oz. vacuum-packed pkgs; various lot codes and sell-by dates) due to undeclared pork. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected lot codes. The recalled product was shipped to retail locations in Texas.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Dave’s Pet Food recalls Dave’s Dog Food 95% premium beef cans (13-oz cans; Date code 08/2020; UPC 85038-11167) due to elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. The recalled product was distributed all along the east coast of the US, sold in pet stores and ecommerce sites.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Labatt Breweries of Canada recalls Stella Artois brand beer (330 ml bottles; various product codes and UPCs) due to potential presence of foreign matter (pieces of glass). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected product, which was supplied to retailers in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Europe

Allergy Alert (France): Maison Sapresti recalls Tresse Chèvre Miel (6 pieces/720g; Lot 18145; Best before 24/06/2018) due to undeclared molluscs, crustaceans, celery and fish.

Allergy Alert (Italy): Antaar&S S.p.A. recalls CONAD Potato Leek purée (175g; Lot L35761; Best before 22/06/2018) due to undeclared gluten.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Jet Import NV recalls Fulfil White Chocolate & Cookie Dough Vitamin & Protein Bar (55g; Lot #L7318/J; Best before 15-02-2019) due to potential foreign matter (small pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Euro-East Oy recalls Dovgan buckwheat (1000g bags; Best before 22 March 2019) due to ochratoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Natures Aid recalls Natures Aid Standardised Turmeric (High Potency Turmeric extract providing 95% Curcumins; All batch codes and best before dates; Product of United Kingdom) due to high levels of curcumin.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Blue Sky Foods trading under The Food Company recalls The Food Company Garlic, Chilli and Thai Basil (240g glass jar; Best before 29 Sep 2019) due to potential microbial contaminatiion.

Recalls and Alerts: June 5 – 9, 2018


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

United States

Outbreak Alert: CDC advises that 124 individuals in 36 states have contracted a Salmonella infection as a result of contact with backyard poultry (primarily baby chicks and ducklings) since February. Twenty-one of the outbreak victims have been hospitalized. This represents the 71st outbreak linked to backyard poultry since 2000.

Outbreak Alert/Food Safety Recall: Caito Foods, LLC recalls fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. CDC has received reports of 60 confirmed cases of Salmonella Adelaide infections from five midwestern states, with 31 of the victims requiring hospitalization. The recalled products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

Food Safety Recall: Tyson Foods Inc. recalls UNCOOKED, BREADED, ORIGINAL CHICKEN TENDERLOINS (12-lb. box containing 3-lb. plastic bags; Lot code 1378NLR02) due to possible foreign matter (blue and clear soft plastic) contamination. The recalled product was shipped to food services establishments, nationwide.

Food Safety Recall: Venda Ravioli, Inc. recalls approximately 672 pounds of frozen meat ravioli products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped to retail locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Food Safety Recall: Supermercado Selectos recalls an undetermined amount of various raw, frozen Siluriformes fish, beef, pork and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. The items were shipped to DGA Food Service, LLC, who further distributed the items to Head Start Child and Adult Care Food Programs in Puerto Rico.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Evergreen Herbs Ltd. recalls Evergreen Herbs brand Pea Shoots (100g; Purchased from May 22, 2018 up to and including June 7, 2018;  UPC 6 25280 50159 9) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in British Columbia and may have been distributed nationwide.

Food Safety Recall: Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd. recalls GPM brand Sweet Pea Shoots (230g; Lot code #11421; UPC 6 84469 00008 7), and GPM brand Pea Shoots (100g & 455g; Lot code #11421; UPC 6 84469 00012 4 & 6 84469 00018 6, respectively) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Alberta and British Columbia.

Food Safety Recall: Pro-Amino International Inc. recalls various Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein Bars due to foreign matter (pieces of metal) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed through retailers nationwide.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Finland): Gold&Green Foods Oy recalls Gold&Green MiniBurger Kit BBQ (184g; All batches up to and including 17.6.2018) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (Germany): Aldi recalls D-ANTELLI Maispasta (500g; Spaghetti, Fusilli and Penne varieties) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Lidl Ireland recalls Duc de Coeur Macarons (120g; All batch codes with no labeling in English) due to undeclared almond, wheat, milk, eggs, pistachio, barley, lupin, other nuts, peanuts and sesame.

Allergy Alert (UK): Lidl Ireland recalls Duc de Coeur Macarons (120g; All batch codes with no labeling in English) due to undeclared almond, wheat, milk, eggs, pistachio, barley, lupin, other nuts, peanuts and sesame.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Danival and BIOFRESH BELGIUM recall Danival bio Chili con carne (525g in glass jars; Lot #B334; Expiration date 30/11/2020) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls Anjouin and Mmm! Selles-sur-Cher raw milk cheese (150g; various lot numbers and expiration dates) due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected lot codes.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Rossman recalls enerBiO almond flour (Best before 18.12.2018) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Manufacturer recalls Fulfil White Chocolate & Cookie Dough Vitamin & Protein Bar (Lot code L8002/J; Best before 5 April 2019; Product of Netherlands) due to possible foreign matter (small pieces of clear plastic) contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Food Safety advises consumers that a sample of Nestlé Hong Kong Limited’s Skimmed Hi-Calcium Milk Drink (236 mL; Use by June 2, 2018) was found to contain excessive Bacillus cereus. CFS is investigating.

Food Safety Recall (Singapore): Optimo Foods Pte Ltd recalls CeresOrganics Organic Breakfast Paleo Crumble – Cacao Spice (350g; Best before 05/01/2019; Product of New Zealand) due to foreign matter (small ceramic-like object) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Singapore): Importer recalls Love Child Organics baby food pouches (128mL; various varieties; Best Before dates up to and including 25 May 2019; Product of Canada) due to a packaging defect that may permit entry of spoilage microorganisms. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.