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  • Writer's pictureCarey Tate

Cantaloupe recalls lead to nationwide salmonella outbreak.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, a salmonella outbreak associated with cantaloupes under the Malichita and Rudy brands has resulted in one fatality. Seventeen hospitalized individuals and 63 confirmed cases of salmonella have also been connected to the outbreak.

The government issued three food recall warnings in November for Malichita cantaloupes sold between October 11 and November 14. It added Rudy brand cantaloupes sold between October 10 and November 24 to its alert on November 24.

Five provinces—Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island—have confirmed cases linked to salmonella.

The agency also mentions that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are looking into a salmonella outbreak connected to cantaloupes that they claim have the same genetic strain as the one in Canada, and that it is looking into further possible cases. As of Friday, 45 individuals were hospitalized in the United States, and two people had died as a result of the outbreak, according to U.S. health officials.

SOURCE: The Canadian Press


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