A big recall of cantaloupe that was first reported earlier this month has been affecting grocery stores all over the country. Three more stores were just added to the list of businesses that are affected by the food safety issue.
On November 29, GHGA, LLC recalled 20 different kinds of fresh fruit that were sold at Trader Joe's, Kroger, and Sprouts Farmers Market. The cause? The cantaloupe in those foods could be infected with salmonella.
Fruit medleys and fruit trays with cantaloupe in them are among the things that are impacted. All of the recalled goods have already gone bad, but some people may have frozen them to use later, as stated in the recall notice.
Only packages with certain lot codes and expiration dates for those 20 fruit items are being recalled. The full list of recalled items from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on their website, along with the lot numbers and expiration dates that are affected.
The last big recall was on November 8 by Sofia Produce, LLC, a wholesaler that also does business as Trufresh. This new recall comes after that one. At first, the recall only touched fresh cantaloupe with the label "Malichita" that was sold in 11 states.
Kwik Trip, a chain of convenience stores, said earlier this week that it was recalling a number of fresh-cut fruit items that may have Trufresh cantaloupe that has been tainted.
More than one melon and pineapple product was recalled by Aldi on November 14 because it might have salmonella. This month, several other companies, such as Crown Jewel Produce Company and Pacific Trellis Fruit, have also pulled cantaloupes for the same reason.
Salmonella has been linked to melon and has killed two people and made 99 others sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is why these big recalls are happening.
Salmonella are germs that can make people sick if they eat contaminated food or come into contact with infected animals or places. Between six hours and six days after getting sick, people usually start to have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
Even though most people get better from salmonella infections on their own in four to seven days, the CDC told anyone with serious salmonella symptoms to call their doctor.