Cantaloupes Sold In Illinois Being Recalled Over Salmonella Fears
As I've pointed out time and time again, you don't invite me over very often, so I really don't know what it's like at your place--but at mine, fresh fruit is something we try to keep on hand and consume every day.
Which is why we're paying close attention to this current cantaloupe recall, and if you've got a fruit-loving household, you might want to check over your supplies of cantaloupe, too.
Salmonella contamination is not something you want to experience up close and personally.
I Was Surprised To See How Many Foods You Can Get A Salmonella Infection From
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you can get a salmonella infection from:
- sprouts and other vegetables
- processed foods
- nut butters
- frozen pot pies
- stuffed chicken entrees
- peanut butter
- salami sticks
- prepackaged salads
- ground turkey
Certain people are more likely to get a serious Salmonella infection. These people include children who are younger than 5, adults who are 65 and older, and people whose immune systems are weakened from certain medical conditions (such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, and cancer) or their treatments.
Salmonella illness can be serious. Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after infection. They include diarrhea that can be bloody, fever, and stomach cramps. Most people recover within 4 to 7 days without antibiotic treatment. But some people with severe diarrhea may need to be hospitalized or take antibiotics.
Let's Get To The Information You'll Need, Like What To Look For And What To Do If You Find Recalled Cantaloupe At Home
The cantaloupes in question were sold between October 16th and October 23rd, in cardboard boxes that featured the "Malichita" label. It looks like this:
The FDA said the cantaloupes also have stickers with individual price look-up (PLU) codes. The top half of the sticker is white and has "Malichita" written in black, while the bottom half is black with the number 4050 in white. The number is also next to the words '"Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique."
They look like this:
If you happen to have one or more of the recalled cantaloupes, you're advised to throw them out or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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