Kroger is recalling 9 count boxes of cantaloupe for possible Salmonella contamination. The fruit was sold at Kroger stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Eastern Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana (except Evansville), Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. It was also sold in the greater Cincinnati area, including northern Kentucky; Dayton Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee, and southeastern Indiana.
Other stores where the fruit was sold include Jay C, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Fry’s, Food4Less, FoodsCo and Smith’s. There was no word on whether this recall is linked to the fruit grown at Chamberlain Farms in Indiana that is associated with a nationwide Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Newport outbreak, or if the fruit is part of the California-grown DFI melon recall. The recall statement also did not mention whether or not illnesses have been associated with the consumption of this product.
Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and blood in the stool. Serious complications of the illness can include dehydration, blood infections, colitis, and reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter’s syndrome. If you or anyone you know ate cantaloupe and suffered these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.