A large Salmonella Braenderup outbreak has been linked to melons. The outbreak has affected 200 people in more than 10 countries.
Cases have been reported in Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Switzerland. Illnesses started in late March 2021.
Recent S. Braenderup infections were also reported in the Czech Republic and Spain, but it is not yet clear if they are associated with this outbreak.
The source, according to the Food Standards Agency, is thought to be whole honeydew, cantaloupe, and galia melons from Costa Rica, Honduras, or Brazil.
The affected melons were stocked by UK retailers on or before May 28, 2021, but now have been removed from sale.
Consumers can identify the country of origin from a sticker placed on the fruit. If they are not sure about where the galia, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon came from, they are advised not to eat it.