WebMD News Brief

RECALL: Cut Fruit Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

pre cut fruit

This story was updated on Jan. 3, 2020, with new statistics and details from the FDA and CDC. 

Dec. 10, 2019 -- A produce company in New Jersey has recalled packages of pre-cut fruit because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

As of Dec. 30, 96 illnesses have been reported, and all are reportedly linked to Tailor Cut Produce’s Fruit Luau mix, according to FDA investigators. Evidence collected also points to the fruit mix as a potential source. Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized while no deaths have been reported. 

The fruit mix -- which is made up of cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes -- is included in the recall, along with individual containers of cut honeydew, cantaloupe, and pineapple.

Tailor Cut Produce says it distributed the fruit to restaurants, hotels, and schools across Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania between Nov. 15 and Dec. 1, 2019. The FDA is concerned that nursing homes and hospitals may have also purchased the fruit and is urging anyone who bought it not to serve it. Other confirmed cases have come from California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Washington. 

Salmonella can cause serious infections in young kids, elderly adults, and anyone with weakened immune systems. In most cases, symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and belly pain.

Anyone who thinks they may have been infected should call a doctor.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Tailor Cut Produce at 732-246-2002. For more information from the FDA, click here.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on December 10, 2019

Sources

FDA.gov: “Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Potentially Linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, Winter 2019.”

© 2019 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.