Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak — CDC

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 12, 2018

About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said.

-Food involved: Pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing any one of these melons.

The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH and sold in clear, plastic containers at stores including Costco Wholesale Corp, Kroger Co, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart Inc, and Whole Foods, a unit of Amazon.com Inc.

The fruit was sold in clear, plastic containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

The salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut melon has a high hospitalization rate and concerns pre-cut melon sold by several of the nation's high-volume grocers, but the issue looks relatively confined geographically.

"The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states", the CDC wrote Friday.

The FDA reports the youngest infected is an infant and the oldest is 97 years old.

If you have purchased any fruit that may have been connected with the recall, the CDC is asking that you throw it away immediately.

There have been no deaths reported.

If the UPC code is still on the product, consumers can check the number on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website. The melon was also sold in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. These symptoms include a fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods "is a likely source of this multistate outbreak".

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