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LATEST UPDATE: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes

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Malichita and Rudy brand whole cantaloupes Might have a sticker that says “Malichita” or “Rudy,” with the number “4050”, and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique” Image for illustration purposes
Malichita and Rudy brand whole cantaloupes Might have a sticker that says “Malichita” or “Rudy,” with the number “4050”, and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique” Image for illustration purposes
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CDC is concerned about this outbreak because the illnesses are severe and people in long-term care facilities and childcare centers have gotten sick. Do not eat pre-cut cantaloupes if you don’t know whether Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes were used.

Fast Facts
• Illnesses: 230   (113 new)
• Hospitalizations: 96   (35 new)
• Deaths: 3   (1 new)
• States: 38   (4 new)
• Recall: Yes
• Investigation status: Active   (first posted on November 17, 2023)

Recalled Food

Malichita and Rudy brand whole cantaloupes

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Pre-cut fruit products made with recalled whole cantaloupes 

  • Kwik Trip cantaloupe cups, mixed fruit cups, and fruit tray with sell-by dates from November 4 through December 3
  • TGD Cuts cantaloupe chunks, mixed fruits, and fruit trays with use-by dates from November 2 through November 24
  • Freshness Guaranteed and RaceTrac cantaloupe chunks, seasonal blend, melon mixes, and fruit mixes with best-by dates from November 7 through November 12
  • Vinyard cantaloupe cubes, melon medleys, and fruit medleys sold in Oklahoma stores from October 30 through November 10
  • Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Trader Joe’s cantaloupe chunks, mixed melons, fruit medleys, and fruit trays with best-by dates from October 28 through November 8
  • Cut Fruit Express cantaloupe chunks, melon mixes, and fruit mixes with use-by dates from November 4 through November 6
  • ALDI [PDF – 2 pages] whole cantaloupes, cantaloupe chunks, and pineapple spears with best-by dates from October 27 through October 31
  • Bix Produce cantaloupe fruit cups and mixed fruit cups with sell-by dates of October 25 and October 26
  • All cantaloupe recalls are listed on FDA’s cantaloupe recall website.

What You Should Do

  • Do not eat pre-cut cantaloupes if you don’t know whether Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes were used.
    • This includes cantaloupe chunks and fruit mixes with cantaloupes at restaurants and grocery stores.
  • Do not eat any recalled whole or pre-cut cantaloupe products.
    • If you have any, throw them away or return them to the store.
    • If the whole cantaloupe does not have a sticker, check with the store to make sure it is not a Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupe.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the cantaloupe using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up

What Long-Term Care Facilities, Childcare Centers, and Hospitals Should Do

Adults 65 and older, children under 5 years, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get very sick from Salmonella. In this outbreak, 24 sick people resided in long-term care facilities and 23 children attended childcare centers before they got sick.

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CDC advises facilities that care for people at higher risk to not serve cantaloupes that may be contaminated:

  • Do not use any recalled whole or pre-cut cantaloupes.
  • Do not serve any cantaloupe that was supplied pre-cut if you don’t know whether Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes were used.  

What Businesses Should Do

  • Do not sell or serve recalled cantaloupes and products made with recalled cantaloupe, even if they have been washed.
    • Washing does not remove all germs and does not make recalled products safe to eat.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled cantaloupes.

Symptoms of Salmonella

  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.
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