A New Jersey-based company has issued a recall on sliced fresh fruit products following the news that 33 people have fallen ill with salmonella. Tailor Cut Produce, which sells products primarily in New England, states that this is the first recall they’ve had to issue in 20 years of business.
Why Was the Recall Issued?
The recall was issued due to concerns that 33 cases of salmonella in New England are linked to the Tailor Cut Produce company’s fruit products. This wouldn’t be the first time cut melon has led to salmonella infections; in April, an Illinois-based produce company issued a recall after 117 people fell ill with salmonella.
The same occurred in 2018, when sixty people had salmonella infections due to cut melon products they had ingested. The FDA has stated that over 270 people in the US have contracted salmonella infections due to six different outbreaks over the last year alone.
What Items Have Been Recalled?
Tailor Cut Produce’s Fruit Luau mix, as well as pre-cut honeydew, cantaloupe and pineapple products have been recalled, according to an official notice from the company. The recalled products bear dates between November 15 and December 1.
These items were primarily sold to schools, hospitals and restaurants. Tailor Cut Produce, which is a wholesaler, doesn’t usually sell to grocery stores. This means that it’s unlikely that any consumers have recalled products in their homes. Instead, the recalled items would be in a cafeteria or restaurant kitchen.
As a precaution, people in the New England region are cautioned against eating pre-cut pineapple, cantaloupe, and honeydew products. While the kitchens in question will have been alerted to the recall, it’s never a bad idea to be cautious with illness.
Salmonella Is Dangerous
Salmonella poisoning can last a week in otherwise-healthy adults, but it’s most dangerous in elderly people, children, and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headaches and muscle stiffness. If you are experiencing any symptoms, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor.