Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon — CDC

Postado Junho 12, 2018

Packages of pre-cut fresh fruit have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said.

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.

The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH and sold in clear, plastic containers at stores including Costco Wholesale Corp, Kroger Co, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart Inc, and Whole Foods, a unit of Inc. The recalled products were sold in clear containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods.

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

The illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28.

The FDA reports the youngest infected is an infant and the oldest is 97 years old.

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.

On Thursday, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed The Kroger Co. about the multiple illnesses. The melon was also sold in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

The food-borne bacteria sickens more than 1 million people annually in the United States, most commonly presenting as temporary fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days. Although the shelf life of the melon is limited, Kroger said, it issued the alert out of an abundance of caution. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.