CDC warns residents in 8 U.S. states of cut-fruit Salmonella outbreak

Leslie Hanson
June 12, 2018

On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported. Officials are advising people to avoid eating anything on the new recall list, which includes specific brands of "fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh cut fruit medley products". They were sold in clear plastic containers at stores including Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods. Those in the affected states are advised to throw the melon away.

The CDC reported Saturday that the melon has been recalled in eight states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.

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

About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said. The Indiana Department of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were investigating. 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.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased. 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. The CDC notes that a preliminary investigation has centered on Caito Foods LLC, which is the distributor of the melons that have been confirmed as contaminated.

No deaths have been reported. Consumers are urged to throw away pre-cut melon that fall within the recall. The fruit was produced in a facility in Indianapolis, Ind. "Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".

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