Canada warns of salmonella outbreak caused by melons from Mexican brands

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Canada warns of salmonella outbreak caused by melons from Mexican brands Grupo Milenio

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate an outbreak of salmonella infections that caused five deaths in six provinces linked to brands of Malichita and Rudy melons of Mexican origin.

According to the results of PHAC’s investigation, many of the people who got sick were reported to have eaten melons before their illnesses occurred in the provinces of:

  • British Columbia
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Prince Edward Island is an island
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

The authority reported that it is also cooperating with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration of the same country (FDA).

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“Most of the people who got sick were children five years of age or younger, or adults 65 years of age or older. Many cases also reported that they lived in a nursing home or were in daycare,” he added.

Due to this situation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued food recall warnings on November 1, November 1,4, and November 17 for Melon brands in Malichita. sold between October 11 and November 14 2023.

On November 24, 2023, the CFIA updated the food recall warning to include Rudy melons sold between October 10 and November 24, 2023.

People get sick between the middle of October and mid-November 2023. Forty-four (44) people were hospitalized. Five deaths were reported,” described the PHAC report.

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The authority reported that the products removed from the market were distributed in several provinces and territories, where the following have been seized:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • New Scotland
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island is an island
  • Quebec

Additional secondary withdrawals are issued for products made from these fruits and for agricultural products processed with the recalled melons. This includes other fruits such as molasses, pineapple, watermelon, and various fruit trays, he said.

The CFIA said it is continuing its investigation into food safety, which could lead to the recall of other products.

“If other foods are recalled from the market, the public will be notified through additional warnings,” he said.

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