NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tailor Cut Produce of New Jersey is recalling its Fruit luau, cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled fruit products were distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware between November 15 and December 1, 2019. The products may be found in restaurants, banquet facilities, hotels, schools and institutional food service establishments.

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Because the recalled products may have been distributed to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and other facilities that cater to vulnerable populations, it is important that these facilities do not sell or serve them.

The product comes in 2/1 gallon cases with a date of production stamped on the side.

The potential for contamination was noted after several patients fell ill in four hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is currently investigating 31 laboratory-confirmed illnesses of Salmonella at four healthcare facilities in southeast Pennsylvania, according to a press release.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Distributors who have purchased the cut fruit products dated November 15 – December 1 are urged to quarantine them and to call for further instructions. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 732 246-2002.

 

 

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