Case count doubles and recalls expand in Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit products

Nov. 27, 2023
Food safety alert.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) food safety alert regarding an outbreak of Salmonella infections has been updated.

Key Points:

  • Since the last update on November 17, 2023, an additional 56 people infected with this outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from an additional 17 states, creating a total case count of 99 people in 32 states.
  • An additional 28 people have been hospitalized, totaling 45 hospitalizations overall. Minnesota has now reported two deaths.
  • Interviews with sick people and laboratory findings continue to show that cantaloupes are making people in this outbreak sick.
  • Additional brands of whole and pre-cut cantaloupes and fruit have been recalled:
    • Rudy brand whole cantaloupes
    • Freshness Guaranteed brand and RaceTrac brand pre-cut cantaloupes
  • Investigators are working to identify any additional cantaloupe products that may be contaminated.
  • As previously reported, Canada is also investigating this outbreak and has linked illness in Canada with the same Salmonella strain to cantaloupes.

What You Should Do:

  • Do not eat any recalled cantaloupes and other fruit products. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the recalled fruit using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up

What Businesses Should Do

  • Do not sell or serve recalled cantaloupes or recalled fruit products.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled fruit.

CDC release