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Cantaloupe recalled in 32 states over salmonella contamination

The CDC has already linked two deaths and 45 hospitalizations to the outbreak

Some 100 people have reportedly been infected with salmonella, and 45 of those have been hospitalized due to a widespread outbreak connected to whole and cut cantaloupe. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the reported cases have affected residents in 32 states, and there have been two deaths in Minnesota. 

The outbreak is being traced to both whole and pre-cut cantaloupes. According to the CDC, affected whole cantaloupes may have a sticker that says “Malichita” or “Rudy,” with the number “4050,” and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique.”

Aldi brand whole and pre-cut cantaloupe products were also affected at Aldi stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin with best-by dates between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31.

Other affected pre-cut cantaloupe brands include the Vinyard brand, sold in Oklahoma stores between Oct. 30 and Nov.10, and the Freshness Guaranteed brand and RaceTrac brand, sold in stores within Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, with best-by dates between Nov. 7 and Nov. 12.

On top of the U.S. illnesses, Canada’s Public Health Agency has connected 63 additional salmonella cases in six provinces to this outbreak, with 17 hospitalizations.

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