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

Pre-Cut Fruit Causes Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

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

The distributor, Caito Foods, LLC., recalled fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one or more of these products produced at their Indianapolis facility distributed to stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. 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.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. The CDC said that 60 people have reportedly been infected with a strain of Salmonella Adelaide, with 31 people hospitalized.

The suspected cut melon products were sold in stores including Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods in eight states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states, the agencies said.

Kroger reported that it has withdrawn store-brand precut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes sold at Kroger, Jay C, Owen's and Pay Less stores in IN and MI due to possible salmonella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. Consumers are urged to throw away pre-cut melon that fall within the recall.

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.

However, it wasn't until Friday that the CDC announced the connection to the multistate outbreak, said Karim Baroudi, Hancock Public Health commissioner.

"The potential that these products are contaminated with salmonella was discovered through analyzing reports made by state departments of public health", Indianapolis-based Caito Foods said in a statement.

Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN and MI.

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