The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a voluntary melon recall following a Salmonella Carrau outbreak. The recall includes Caito Foods fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit. Representatives from Caito Foods did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.

Along with already-purchased cut melon, the recall also includes products that are possibly still on store shelves. So whether you bought your melon days ago or are heading to the store, read on for the need-to-know details.

Recall Product Description: Caito Foods Cut Melon

The recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit produced by Caito Foodsin the company’s Indianapolis facility. The affected melon products are packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers sold by or in Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Services, Kroger, SpartanNash Distribution, Target, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Amazon/Whole Foods stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Why the Melon Was Recalled

The recall was issued following state department of public health investigations into unexplained Salmonella-related illnesses. The u.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA have linked 93 illnesses to this outbreak.

Salmonella infection can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting in otherwise healthy adults. Young children, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system may experience more severe symptoms. In some cases this type of bacterial infection can prove fatal or lead to arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

How to Tell If Your Melon Is Part of the Recall

Check the packaging carefully. For a full list of descriptions, UPC codes, brands, plant identifier codes and use by dates, visit the FDA’s website here.

What Parents Can Do

If you have recalled melon, don’t eat it. Throw the melon away immediately. Contact Caito Foods at 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

—Erica Loop

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