Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon — CDC

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon — CDC

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.

The packages of pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and fresh-cut mixed fruit products were produced by Caito Foods in a facility in Indianapolis, Ind.

On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported.

In a tweet posted on Sunday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urged consumers in the eight affected states to check the "fridge and freezer for recalled pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella outbreak".

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

The illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28.

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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. Kroger's pre-cut melon and pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger stores in Georgia are sourced from a different supplier, according to Kroger's Atlanta division corporate affairs manager Felix Turner.

Caito Foods has seized production and distribution of the melons.

The food-borne bacteria sickens more than 1 million people annually in the United States, most commonly presenting as temporary fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

So far, the CDC said, 31 of 60 victims have been hospitalized, though none have died. Most people can recover from the illness one their own, but if the infection manages to make the jump from the digestive system to the blood stream it can eventually result in death unless medical treatment is administered. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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