Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Salmonella Outbreak Hits Several States; Pre-Cut Melon The Culprit

Salmonella Outbreak Hits Several States; Pre-Cut Melon The Culprit

It says the five states where people were sickened are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed the pre-cut melon products on Thursday, the CDC said. Kroger listed affected products on its website.

The recall only affects pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon, not whole melons, the CDC said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recalled products were sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods Market/Amazon.

Kroger reported that it has withdrawn store-brand precut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes sold at Kroger, Jay C, Owen's and Pay Less stores in IN and MI due to possible salmonella contamination.

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

No deaths have been reported thus far.

The CDC urges consumers not to eat recalled products, to check the fridge and freezer for the recalled melons and to throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

"Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution", the agency said in a statement, adding that it "has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".

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