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Large Seedless Watermelons Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

Timco Worldwide Inc. is recalling “MelonUp” large seedless watermelons that were distributed to select grocers, wholesalers, and processors in Texas and California. Salmonella bacteria were discovered during the course of routine testing of a randomly selected melon. No illnesses have yet been reported in connection with this product.

The recall involves large seedless watermelons labeled with “MelonUP” stickers with a price look up number of 4032 and universal price code of 0 33383 40240 6.

Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and possibly fatal infections in small children, the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems. Even healthy people can suffer adverse reactions to infection including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

In rare instances, the infection can spread into the bloodstream and cause serious illnesses such as:

  • Arterial infections
  • Endocartitis
  • Arthritis

Consumers, who purchased large seedless watermelons with the “MelonUp” label in Texas and California, are asked to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information about this recall, please contact Timco Worldwide at 1-530-757-1000 and press 4 for Food Safety. As a reminder, all fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed before cutting into them as bacteria residing on the outside of the product may be transferred.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or illness in relation to consuming this product, you may be able to collect damages from those responsible. To find out more about your legal options nationwide, please contact the skilled product liability attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP today.

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