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There’s a Cantaloupe Recall at Meijer Stores Over Possible Salmonella Contamination

There’s a Cantaloupe Recall at Meijer Stores Over Possible Salmonella Contamination

There’s a cantaloupe recall affecting all Meijer stores in six states. The recall includes whole cantaloupe as well as cut cantaloupe and fruit bowls containing the melon.

Meijer and Eagle Produce initiated the recall earlier this week after a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development sampling investigation, according to a Meijer press release. Although the company doesn’t say exactly what the investigation found, the press release does say the recall is due to potential salmonella contamination in the cantaloupe products.

Specifically, the recall includes whole cantaloupe (identified by a Kandy Brand from Eagle Produce sticker), some cut cantaloupe fruit trays, and some cut fruit cups that include cantaloupe. The recalled items were sold at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. (For a full list of the recalled items, see the press release.)

There haven’t been any illnesses reported so far in relation to the recall. But it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a salmonella infection just in case. Salmonella is a bacteria that usually causes symptoms including diarrhea, stomach cramps, and a fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those symptoms typically start between six hours and six days after eating the contaminated food, and they can last up to a week. 

For most people a salmonella infection doesn’t require treatment other than rest and hydration, the CDC says. But the illness can be severe in some cases, causing diarrhea and dehydration that requires hospitalization to treat. In rare cases the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause a serious (and sometimes life-threatening) infection. 

If you’ve had diarrhea for three days that doesn’t seem to be improving, you should call your doctor, especially if you also have a fever, the CDC says (even if you don’t think contaminated cantaloupe might be the cause). Other signs that your illness is more severe include vomiting that makes it hard to keep down liquids and symptoms of dehydration, such as dizziness, dry mouth and throat, and reduced urination.

Anyone who may have purchased the recalled cantaloupe should throw it out or return it to the nearest Meijer store for a refund, the company said.

Source: self.com