The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a crucial public health alert. The FDA announced on its website Eagle Produce LLC Scottsdale, AZ initiated a recall of 6,456 cases of cantaloupes because of Salmonella contamination. The contaminated cantaloupes have been identified as belonging to the “Kandy” brand with the UPC code 4050. Consumers should be aware of the specific lot codes associated with the recall: 797901, 797900, and 804918.
These cantaloupes were distributed across a wide span of states between September 5-16 in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. They were made available to the public in various stores throughout these areas.
As a direct measure to prevent further health risks, Customers who purchased these melons are advised not to eat them and to throw them away. The risks linked with Salmonella contamination are grave. Ingesting food contaminated with the bacteria can result in severe infections, particularly in more vulnerable groups like young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems.” For the average healthy person, symptoms can range from fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (possibly bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare situations, if the bacteria make their way into the bloodstream, it can lead to even “more severe illnesses like arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.”
For those seeking additional details or have queries regarding the recall, they can reach out to Eagle Produce LLC for more information at 1-800-627-8674 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Moreover, if someone suspects they might have fallen ill after consuming the contaminated melons, they are strongly advised to “contact their health care provider.”