Two Minnesota companies are recalling cut cantaloupe due to potential salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.
The cantaloupe products were sold in regional convenience stores, delis and Caribou stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
However, the recalled cantaloupe products are now past their expiration date – so consumers are unlikely to find them on sale anymore.
Health officials say consumers who purchased the recalled fruit and still have it should throw it away and wash the surfaces it touched with hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher.
The Minnesota companies issuing the recalls are Bix Produce of Little Canada and Cut Fruit Express of Inver Grove Heights.
Bix Produce has voluntarily recalled its Grab N’ Go containers of cut cantaloupe and mixed fruit cups. The affected products were distributed October 19-20, 2023 and sold in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin through convenience stores, delis and business cafes. As these products have passed their shelf life, they should no longer be available.
For more information about the Bix Produce recall, visit the FDA website at fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/bix-produce-issues-safety- alert-cut-cantaloupe-products-due-potential- salmonella contamination.
Additionally, Cut Fruit Express Inc. recalled Caribou Coffee Fruit Mix CHPG 6.5 ounces and Cut Fruit Express brand of 6.5 ounces, 15 ounces, 16 ounces and 32 ounces fruit mx packages containing cantaloupes . They also recalled catering packaging consisting of 5-pound trays and 10-pound bags as well as 25-pound pails.
Caribou Coffee Fruit Mix CHPG 6.5 ounces was distributed to Caribou stores in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Caribou Locations. The product is in transparent plastic packaging with a use-by date of November 4, 2023.
The remainder of the recalled “Fresh Cut Fruit Mix Containing Cantaloupes” under Cut Fruit Express and in food service packages was distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois through retail and food service outlets. These use-by dates were November 4, 5 and 6.
For more information about the Fruit Express recall, visit the FDA website at fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/cut-fruit-express-recalls-fresh-cut -fruit-mix-containing-cantaloupe-. because there is a possible health risk.
The recalls follow a nationwide recall prompted by nearly 100 people in 32 states who became ill from the tainted fruit. Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio have the highest number of cases, according to US health authorities.
Two people have died from salmonella-related infections in Minnesota and 45 people are hospitalized nationwide.
Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within six hours to six days after eating food contaminated with the bacteria. Illnesses usually last four to seven days.
The most vulnerable people are children, people over 65 and those with weakened immune systems; These groups can develop serious illnesses requiring medical attention or hospitalization.