Multiple outbreaks of Salmonella have been linked to melon, including watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and more. These outbreaks infected hundreds of people across the U.S. during 2018, 2019, and 2020.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting melon induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Salmonella, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
2019-2020 Melon Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Fruit from Tailor Cut Produce
In late 2019 and early 2020, around 100 people were infected with Salmonella after eating pre-cut melon and other fruit supplied by Tailor Cut Produce to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other institutions.
In December 2019, Tailor Cut Produce recalled Fruit Luau mix, which contains a mix of cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes. Tailor Cut Produce also recalled pre-cut honeydew melon, pre-cut cantaloupe, and pre-cut pineapple.
2019 Melon Bowl Salmonella Outbreak
In April 2019, the FDA and CDC reported that 117 people in 10 states were infected with Salmonella after eating pre-cut melon bowls from Target, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Walmart, Amazon/Whole Foods and other stores.
As of April 24, the CDC has reported illnesses in the following states: Alabama (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (23), Kentucky (21), Michigan (22), Minnesota (3), Missouri (7), Ohio (31), and Wisconsin (1).
The recall was announced by Caito Foods, LLC, of Indianapolis, Indiana on April 12. The same company also recalled pre-cut melon bowls after another outbreak of Salmonella in 2018.
The following products are included in the 2019 recall:
- Kroger under the Renaissance Food Group label
- Kroger under Boar’s Head Private Label
- Target under the Garden Highway Label
- Trader Joes under the Trader Joes label
- Walmart under a Freshness Guaranteed label
- Amazon/Whole Foods under the Whole Foods Market Label
They were distributed to stores and restaurants in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
2018 Pre-Cut Melon Salmonella Outbreak
In April 2018, the CDC reported a Salmonella outbreak from melon fruit trays produced by Caito Foods, LLC, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
In June 2018, Caito Food recalled fresh pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and fruit trays containing melons. According to the CDC, the outbreak ended with 77 people sick in 9 states.
Lawsuits were filed on behalf of several people who were diagnosed with Salmonella after eating pre-cut melon bowls since April 2018.
The fruit was sold in clear plastic clamshell containers in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
The recall does NOT include whole uncut melons. The recall only applies to pre-cut melons and mixed fruit trays with pre-cut melons.
The 2018 outbreak involved melon bowls sold at the following stores:
- Jay C
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods / Amazon
Since April 30, at least 77 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella in 9 states, including 36 who were hospitalized, in Arkansas (1), Florida (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (14), Kentucky (1), Michigan (39), Missouri (11), Ohio (2), and Tennessee (1).
Salmonella Food Poisoning
Infections with the bacteria Salmonella can cause severe or life-threatening food poisoning. The risk of hospitalization or death is increased for children, older adults, and people who are already sick.
Symptoms of Salmonella
The most common symptoms of Salmonella are diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that begin within 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The symptoms typically last from 4 to 7 days. Some victims may need to be hospitalized due to severe diarrhea.
Do I have a Melon Salmonella Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting melon induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning after eating pre-cut melon, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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