May 29, 2024

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Cantaloupe Claims Lives in the U.S. and Canada

The number of deaths from a salmonella outbreak connected to tainted cantaloupe has risen to eight, with three deaths reported in the United States and five deaths in Canada, according to health officials. Both countries have also seen a significant increase in the number of reported illnesses. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented at least 230 cases in 38 states, with 96 individuals requiring hospitalization since mid-November. In Canada, health officials have reported 129 cases, including 44 hospitalizations.

It has been noted that many of the individuals who fell ill had consumed pre-cut cantaloupe in clamshell packages and trays available in stores. As a precautionary measure, the CDC has advised consumers to avoid purchasing, consuming, or serving cantaloupe if they are unaware of the source.

In response to the outbreak, additional recalls of whole and pre-cut fruit have been initiated, resulting in a growing list of affected products. Cut Fruit Express recently recalled cantaloupe chunks and fruit mixes containing cantaloupe, while TGD Cuts, LLC recalled specific fresh fruit cup, clamshell, and tray products containing cantaloupe from TruFresh.

Health officials are continuing their investigation to determine whether any other products are linked to the salmonella illnesses.

It is important to note that salmonella can cause severe illness, particularly among young children, individuals above the age of 65, and those with weakened immune systems. Therefore, caution is advised in consuming any food products that may be contaminated.

Unique Heading: “Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupe Claims Lives in U.S. and Canada: Death Toll Rises to Eight”

A salmonella outbreak tied to contaminated cantaloupe has led to eight deaths in both the United States and Canada, according to health officials. The outbreak has resulted in numerous illnesses in both countries. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 230 cases and 96 hospitalizations across 38 states since mid-November. Canada has also reported 129 cases, with 44 individuals requiring hospitalization.

Many of those affected reported consuming pre-cut cantaloupe in clamshell packages and trays purchased from stores. To prevent further illnesses, the CDC has advised consumers to refrain from buying or serving cantaloupe if they are unsure of its source.

Various recalls have been initiated to address the outbreak. Cut Fruit Express recalled cantaloupe chunks and fruit mixes that contained the contaminated fruit, while TGD Cuts, LLC recalled specific fresh fruit cup, clamshell, and tray products that contained cantaloupe from TruFresh.

Health officials are actively investigating to determine if any other products are linked to the salmonella outbreak.

It should be noted that salmonella can cause severe illness, particularly in vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Therefore, caution is advised when consuming any potentially contaminated food products.

 

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1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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