Pre-cut melon causing Salmonella outbreak!
The recent US multi-state salmonella outbreak due to pre cut melon has sickened a lot of people. It has resulted in recall of fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit products containing one of those melons produced by the Caito Foods LLC, a unit of SpartanNash Co in Indianapolis from various stores including Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.“Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution,” the company said in a statement, adding it “has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation.”Consumers are advised to throw their pre cut melon,the CDC recommends.The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods “is a likely source of this multi-state outbreak.”The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states, the agencies said.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella infection or salmonellosis is a bacteria that is food borne and lives in the intestinal tract of humans or animals and excreted through the faces. Reptiles,rodents and birds may also be infected by the infection.It was discovered by an American scientist called Dr Salmon and has been known to cause illness over 125 years ago.
What are the signs/symptoms and treatment for Salmonella poisoning?
Common salmonella symptoms includes gastrointestinal symptoms such as sudden onset of diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting or headaches .These symptoms occur within 12-72 hours and last for 4-7 days. Most people recover from this infection.However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalised. There are no vaccinations to prevent salmonellosis. Anti-biotics are recommended for patients with serious illness.
What is salmonella commonly found in?
Salmonella outbreaks are most commonly associated with the consumption of raw meats like beef, poultry, eggs, fruits, raw milk or vegetables.
Quick Tips for preventing Salmonella infection
It is advisable to eat cooked food specially poultry,eggs and beef. Cross contamination of food should be avoided.Wash your hands and kitchen surfaces throughly specially if they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry. Avoid direct or indirect contact with reptiles and be particularly careful with food prepared for infants.Do not consume raw eggs or unpasteurised milk. Mother’s milk is your safest options.
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