CDC: Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak

13 June, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people CDC

The reported cases were in IL (6), in (11), MI (32), Missouri (10) and OH (1). No deaths have been reported, the CDC announced in a news release Friday afternoon, but 60 people have been sickened in five states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. The company has recalled the melon.

Over the weekend, SpartanNash subsidiary Caito Foods said it has voluntarily recalled precut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit containing one of these melons that were produced at its Indianapolis facility because the products might be contaminated with salmonella.

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 company has since issued a recall notice in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH - removing clear plastic containers of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed melons from the shelves.

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The FDA said it's working with the CDC to determine if the recalled products went to additional stores or states.

The FDA reports the youngest infected is an infant and the oldest is 97 years old. 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. 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. The Indiana health department said symptoms include diarrhea and stomach cramps and typically appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection. "The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment", the CDC says. At least 31 people were hospitalized.

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