The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued safety advice to customers who have purchased whole honeydew, cantaloupe, and galia melons from Costa Rica, Honduras, or Brazil purchased on or before May 28.
The agency recommends that consumers check the stickers on the fruit and discard the melon if the country of origin is listed as Costa Rica, Honduras, or Brazil.
If customers are unsure or cannot identify the country of origin, the FSA also advises discarding the fruit.
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“It is important that consumers wash their hands and all surfaces that have been in contact with melons thoroughly,” said Tina Potter of the FSA.
“This will help avoid the risk of cross-contamination and the risk of disease. “
Authorities added that a large number of UK retailers may have stocked the affected melons, which have now been withdrawn from sale.
Doctors say symptoms of salmonellosis “usually resolve on their own,” but urge the public to contact their GP or the after-hours department first.
“Symptoms of salmonellosis usually resolve on their own and include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever,” said Prof Saheer Gharbia, head of the officers unit. gastrointestinal pathogens at Public Health England.
“However, symptoms can be more severe and lead to hospitalization, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems. “Anyone fearing to show symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their general practitioner or department outside of opening hours. “
Concluding its warning, the FSA said only the melons listed had been affected by the bug and were continuing to work with health officials to further investigate the problem.