Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupe Declared Over by CDC

Arlington, VA – The recent salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe has officially come to an end, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 400 people fell ill across 44 states, resulting in 158 hospitalizations and six deaths. The tainted cantaloupe was also distributed in Canada, where over 160 cases were reported, with 61 hospitalizations and seven deaths.

The affected cantaloupes, sold under the Malchita and Rudy brands, were available at various retailers, including Kwik Trip, Kroger, and Trader Joe’s between September and December 2023. The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers who may have purchased these cantaloupes to check if their products are part of the recall. In case of uncertainty, experts recommend discarding the fruit.

The outbreak underscores the importance of food safety and the need for thorough monitoring of produce to prevent similar incidents in the future. Consumers are advised to stay informed about food recalls and take necessary precautions to ensure their well-being. Authorities in both the United States and Canada continue to investigate the source of the contaminated cantaloupes in order to prevent future outbreaks.

As the salmonella outbreak recedes, it serves as a reminder of the potential hazards in the food supply chain and the importance of swift and decisive action in response to such public health threats. The collaboration between the CDC, FDA, and Canadian authorities in identifying and addressing the outbreak highlights the significance of international cooperation in ensuring food safety. As the affected cantaloupe products are removed from the shelves, consumers are urged to remain vigilant and informed about food safety practices.