Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon — CDC

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Multi State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons     by Press release submission |  Jun 12 2018

On Friday, Caito Foods recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing these melons produced at their facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Because it is possible that products shipped between April 17 and June 7, 2018, could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.

Check your fridge! The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recalling pre-cut melon and pre-made fruit salads with melon distributed to stores in eight states-North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio-because of potential salmonella bacteria contamination.

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. In some people, however, the CDC said that diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to hospitalized as the salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body. Kroger listed affected products on its website.

On Thursday, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed The Kroger Co. about the multiple illnesses.

Those sickened often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment, according to the CDC. Kroger Co. said the third-party supplier was cooperating with the investigation.

- The CDC has issued a warning after a group of pre-cut melon products may have led to the hospitalization of over 30 people for salmonella infections. Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-576-4377.

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