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FDA Widens Cantaloupe Recall as Salmonella Cases Surge in 7 Days

The number of people affected by salmonella contamination has more than doubled in the past week, prompting U.S. health officials to issue a widespread recall of cantaloupes. The outbreak has resulted in nearly 100 reported cases across 32 states, with Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio being the most heavily affected. Tragically, two deaths in Minnesota have been linked to the infections, and 45 individuals are currently hospitalized nationwide.

In response to the escalating situation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its initial recall to include Malichita brand whole cantaloupe, Vinyard brand pre-cut cantaloupe, ALDI whole cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit products, with Rudy brand whole cantaloupes and Freshness Guaranteed brand and RaceTrac brand pre-cut cantaloupes being added to the list on Friday.

Individuals who have purchased any of the recalled fruits are advised to dispose of them and thoroughly clean any surfaces that may have come into contact with the contaminated produce, using hot, soapy water or a dishwasher.

Salmonella infection typically manifests as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within six hours to six days of consuming the contaminated food. The illness usually lasts for four to seven days, but vulnerable individuals such as children, adults over 65, and those with weakened immune systems may experience severe symptoms necessitating medical attention or hospitalization.

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