“Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes: What You Need to Know
A recent outbreak of salmonella has been making its way across North America with 43 confirmed cases in the United States and 9 in Canada. The culprit? Cantaloupes. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a warning against three specific brands of cantaloupe: Malichita, Save on Foods, and Urban Fare. This recall doesn’t just apply to whole cantaloupes, but also extends to pre-cut chunks, fruit salads, and platters containing the fruit.
If you have any of these products in your home, it’s crucial that you dispose of them immediately. The affected Malichita cantaloupes were sold between Oct. 11 and Nov. 14, inclusive, while the best before dates for Save on Foods and Urban Fare products are up to and including Nov. 9. These contaminated products were distributed across all provinces, as well as in Yukon and possibly other territories.
The Severity of the Outbreak
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 17 hospitalizations but no deaths related to the outbreak. However, it’s important to note that the number of affected individuals is likely much higher than currently reported. The CDC suspects that it typically takes three to four weeks to confirm if a case is part of a particular outbreak. Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, and most people recover within a week. However, certain demographics such as young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems may experience exacerbated symptoms that require medical attention.
While the outbreak is still ongoing and the full extent of its impact remains unclear, it’s crucial for consumers to stay informed and take necessary precautions. By heeding warnings from health officials and staying updated on the latest developments, we can collectively work towards preventing the spread of foodborne illnesses. Let’s stay vigilant and prioritize the safety of ourselves and our communities.”