Salmonella outbreak includes New Jersey; 99 people infected in country and two dead

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall on cantaloupe and pineapple in several states, including New Jersey, amid a salmonella outbreak that has infected at least 99 people. Two have died because of the bacterial infection.

The contaminated fruits were sold by Aldi, a grocery store chain with 61 shops in New Jersey.

The recall on cantaloupes was also issued in Arizona, California, Maryland, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and Canada.

Besides the salmonella outbreak affecting pineapples and cantaloupes, there is another recall on peaches, nectarines and plums due to possible contamination with listeria, a bacteria that can cause deadly infections.

It is possible that contaminated fruits might have been sold in stores other than Aldi. Just to be cautious, check the FDA Recalls and Safety Alerts.

The recall on cantaloupes was issued in Arizona, California. Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and Canada.
The recall on cantaloupes was issued in Arizona, California. Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and Canada.

What products have been recalled?

Sold between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31, 2023

  • Individual full cantaloupes

  • Cantaloupe chunks in 16 oz. clamshell packages

  • Pineapple spears in 16 oz. clamshell packages

Sold between Oct. 30 and Nov. 10, 2023

  • Vinyard cantaloupe chunks in fruit mixes bowls, packages.

  • Melon medleys

Sold between May 1 and Nov. 15, 2023

  • Individual peaches

  • Peaches in 2-pound-gusset-bags

  • Nectarines in 2-pound-gusset-bags

  • Plums in 2-pound-gusset-bags

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Salmonella symptoms

Salmonella is a bacteria that can make healthy individuals experience fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, which can come with blood, says the FDA. In rare cases, the infection can reach the bloodstream and cause severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

According to the CDC, salmonella causes around 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 dead every year in the United States.

Salmonella infections are treated with antibiotics. Patients are advised to drink plenty of fluids.

What is listeria?

Listeria is a bacteria that causes foodborne illnesses that can be very serious to pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of listeria infections include: fever, flu-like symptoms, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and seizures.

Listeria infections are treated with antibiotics. Patients are advised to drink plenty of fluids.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Recall on fruit items in New Jersey contaminated with salmonella