CDC: 'Throw away' pre-cut melons after salmonella outbreak

Desiree Burns
June 12, 2018

People who ate those pre-cut melon products began falling ill with the salmonella adelaide strain of the bacteria in late April, and hospitalization spiked two weeks later, with patients ranging from an infant to a 97-year-old.

The recall only affects pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon, not whole melons, the CDC said.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

Grocers and other stores that sold the melon in clear plastic clamshell containers include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Owen's, Pay Less, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods in Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

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The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states, the agencies said. Check out the full list of recalled products for UPC codes and SKUs to make sure you're not accidentally eating salmonella. Most people bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest. Overall, 60 people have been infected with the strain - six in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in OH - and 31 people have been hospitalized.

Epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence indicates that precut melon supplied by Caito Foods is "a likely source of this multistate outbreak", the CDC said in a statement on Friday.

Packages of pre-cut fresh fruit have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Kroger Co. said customers who purchased the melon from the company's IN and MI store locations should not consume them and return them to a store for a full refund or replacement. No deaths have been reported and the agencies urged residents in the eight states to throw out any melon that may have been recalled. Caito's website says the Indianapolis Service Center and Fresh Cut facility is located at 3120 N. Post Road. "Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".

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