Salmonella Prompts Precut Melon Recall in 8 States

Salmonella melon outbreak

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

The recalled fruits include fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis. Due to the possibility that products shipped between April 17 and June 7 could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.

According to a new bulletin by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak has affected people in five midwestern states: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio.

The salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut melon has a high hospitalization rate and concerns pre-cut melon sold by several of the nation's high-volume grocers, but the issue looks relatively confined geographically.

The plastic clamshell packages of melon, which carry generic labels, were sold at Costco, JayC, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

The CDC said authorities are investigating whether the affected 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 melon products have been recalled. 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. 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. 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. The CDC says 31 of the people sickened have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported.

Most people bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

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