Trader Joe's recalls cantaloupe slices due to potential Salmonella
In relation to the Caito Foods recall, Trader Joe's has been alerted by its supplier of Trader Joe's Cantaloupe Slices (barcode# 0095 2668) that product—sold only in its IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, & WI storest—may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
All Trader Joe’s, Cantaloupe Slices in the affected states have been removed from sale and destroyed.
The store urges customers to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund.
Customers may call Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time] or send them an email.
The FDA is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau linked to pre-cut melons. These products contain cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon, or may be mixes of some or all of these melons and other pre-cut fruit.
Caito Foods, LLC, of Indianapolis, Ind., has recalled products containing pre-cut melons because they are potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Additionally, Caito Foods, LLC has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products.
FDA worked with CDC and state partners to trace the distribution of pre-cut melon mixes from individual case patients back to Caito Foods, LLC. FDA is also continuing its traceback investigation to identify the specific source of these melons. Salmonella Carrau is a rare type of Salmonella but has been historically seen in imported melons. Reports from Caito Foods LLC indicate that imported melons were used in the suspect pre-cut melon mixes. FDA’s traceback investigation is examining shipping records to try to determine a country and if possible, a farm of origin for the melons.
FDA and Indiana authorities are currently inspecting and investigating, to include collecting samples for laboratory analysis, at the Caito Foods LLC processing facility where these melons were cut and packed.
Caito Foods, LLC was linked to a similar outbreak in 2018 involving Salmonella Adelaide in pre-cut melon products.