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Multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cut melons

The likely source of the outbreak is pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and pre-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons from Caito Foods LLC. 

Do not eat, serve, or sell recalled pre-cut melon and fruit medley products produced by Caito Foods.

Ninety-three people from nine states, including Minnesota, are reported to have Salmonella linked to this outbreak. 

Caito Foods issued a recall for these products on April 12, 2019. 

Recalled pre-cut melons were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

If you cannot determine if pre-cut melon you purchased was produced by Caito Foods, do not serve it. The product should be discarded. 

These products were distributed by:

The products were sold at retailers including:

A list of retail businesses that may have sold these products is available on the FDA website.  

Symptoms of Salmonella infection

Ill patron and employees

Ill patrons should call the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-Food-Ill (1-877-366-3455). 

Record employee illnesses on your employee illness log. Report illnesses to the Minnesota Health Department when required by the Minnesota Food Code. Employees with vomiting and diarrhea cannot return to work for at least 24 hours after symptoms end.

Employee illness log (PDF)

For more information about this outbreak visit:

Centers for Disease Control Food Safety Alert 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Outbreak notice.

Food safety materials for businesses

Visit the Food Safety webpage for useful checklists, cooling and temperature logs, and other resources.

New Food Code

As of January 1, 2019, Minnesota has a new Food Code! To find information for businesses, managers and food workers visit:

2019 Major Food Code Changes

Staple food changes

Do you own or manage a grocery store in Minneapolis?

On December 7, 2018, Minneapolis made changes to the staple foods ordinance (Title 10: Chapter 203 of the City code).

This local law requires grocery stores to stock a variety of staple foods, like fresh produce and whole grains. The changes will make it easier for stores to stock staple foods that match their customers’ cultures and food traditions.

What do you need to know?

There are now six staple food categories instead of ten. Eggs, cheese, whole grain cereal, and canned beans have been combined with other similar categories. Stores do not have to stock as many items as before and more items count as staple foods.

In early 2019, stores will receive a letter with information about the changes. The Minneapolis Health Department will offer training and other support to help store owners comply with the updated ordinance.

Please visit the staple foods website for more information. Contact Kristen Klingler at 612-673-2910 if you have questions.  

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Last updated Apr 25, 2019



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