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Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest

Recall Alert Throw away pre-cut melon FOOD & DRINKRecall Alert Throw away pre-cut melonSHARE:sharetweetshareemail none
Gustavo Carr | 12 June, 2018, 07:38

-Stores selling the pre-cut melon (with brand name if applicable): Walmart (Freshness Guaranteed); Whole Foods/Amazon (Whole Foods Market); Costco (Garden Highway); Kroger (generic label distributed by Renaissance Food Group); Walgreens (Delish); Trader Joe's (Trader Joe's); Jay C; Payless; Owen's; and Sprouts (Sprouts Farmers Market).

-Food involved: Pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing any one of these melons.

People who ate those pre-cut melon products began falling ill with the salmonella adelaide strain of the bacteria in late April, and hospitalization spiked two weeks later, with patients ranging from an infant to a 97-year-old.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

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 FDA said it's working with the CDC to determine if the recalled products went to additional stores or states.

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Kroger reported that it has withdrawn store-brand precut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes sold at Kroger, Jay C, Owen's and Pay Less stores in IN and MI due to possible salmonella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

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

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

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

No deaths have been reported thus far. Caito's website says the Indianapolis Service Center and Fresh Cut facility is located at 3120 N. Post Road.

"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".