Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak — CDC

Henrietta Strickland
June 12, 2018

Caito Foods, LLC recalled its packages of pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut medley products containing these melons after people reported feeling ill after eating the fruits, the CDC said in a news release.

If the UPC code is still on the product, consumers can check the number on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website. 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.

At least 60 people have been sickened and dozens have been hospitalized with salmonella after tainted pre-cut melons were distributed to stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods in several states, federal officials said.

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

The illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Although the shelf life of the melon is limited, Kroger said, it issued the alert out of an abundance of caution.

The list of recalled products related to this outbreak is absolutely huge.

According to the CDC, Salmonella infections most often cause mild to severe gastroenteritis and severe invasive infections, both which are potentially life-threatening.

Symptoms from a salmonella infection usually appear between 12 and 72 hours after consuming contaminated food, according to the CDC. 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. Kroger Co. said the third-party supplier was cooperating with the investigation.

Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN and MI. Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-576-4377.

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