Cantaloupes recalled in Illinois due to salmonella outbreak

Cantaloupe melon pieces
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Count Illinois among the 15 states that has experienced cases of salmonella linked to several brands of whole and cut cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the outbreak and are warning the public of a recall of three specific brands of cantaloupes believed to contain salmonella.

The recall is for Malichita whole fresh cantaloupes, sold between Oct. 16 and 23, ALDI cantaloupe, cut cantaloupe, and pineapple spears with best-by dates between Oct. 27 and 31 and Vinyard cantaloupe chunks, cubes, fruit mixes, melon medleys and fruit cups containing cantaloupe sold between Oct. 30 and Nov. 10 in Oklahoma stores.

The recalled cantaloupe was sold in Illinois and 12 other states’ retail stores. The FDA thus far is reporting 43 illnesses connected to the outbreak, with 17 people being hospitalized.

The onset of illness is 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated cantaloupe and can last for four to seven days, the FDA warns. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Children under the age of five, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at greater risk to experience more severe illness.

Officials in Canada are investigating an outbreak involving the same strain of salmonella in cantaloupe.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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