February 27, 2024

Precut Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Sold in More States: AL, CA, FL, KS, MD, MN, NE, ND, SD, and TN; Lawsuits Filed

The FDA just stated that there are more states where precut melon and fresh-cut melon products linked to a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak were sold. They were also sold in Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

Precut Melon Salmonella Adelaide Outbreak

That means the states that received these products include Alabama, California, 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 products were packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers and were sold under several different brand names.

The stores that the FDA has listed as carrying the melons are Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon. But a retail distribution list supplied by the FDA also listed other stores not yet specified in the FDA updates. They include: Food 4 Less, KFresh, Peapod, IGA, Giant Eagle, Martin’s, Holiday Foods, Piggly Wiggly, T&C, SVT, Valu Market, Gordon Foods, and Price Chopper, among others.

Just because a store or brand name is on that list doesn’t mean that anyone who was sickened bought the precut melon products there. This is a warning to consumers to discard any precut melon products purchased at those stores in those states. So be aware of this recall and outbreak.

Look at the list of stores and states where the precut melons may have been sold. If you have purchased any from those locations, throw them away. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling these products.

Lawyer Fred Pritzker

Attorney Fred Pritzker can be contacted at 1-888-377-8900 or 612-338-0202.

Attorney Fred Pritzker, who filed the first lawsuit in this outbreak, said, “This distribution list is growing by leaps and bounds. The FDA is supplying updates every day. This appears to be another example of unsafe food practices in one location affecting a broad swath of the United States. Food producers, especially those processing raw fruit products, must be especially careful when so many people in so many places are exposed to adulterated food that cannot be made safe by cooking or washing it.”

The products recalled include Salmonella symptoms are unmistakable. People usually start suffering with nausea and stomach cramps, which progress to vomiting and diarrhea that may be bloody. The elderly, young children, and anyone with a chronic illness or compromised immune system can become very ill.

Indeed, 66% of patients in this outbreak have been hospitalized because they have been so sick. Some have required surgery and many are still ill and recovering. If you have been sick and have eaten any of these recalled products, see your doctor.


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