Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people: CDC

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Officials Linking Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak To Pre-Cut Melons

Pre-cut melon tainted with salmonella has sickened 60 people in multiple states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Officials said people reported contracting salmonella after eating pre-cut melon between April 30 and May 28. Now, the CDC stated that the salmonellosis was caused, in this case, by pre-cut melons, among others, all sold by a food distributor in Indianapolis.

Will County Health Department Environmental Health Director Tom Casey says there are two sources of information that can help consumers determine if they have pre-cut melons that may be risky. Of those, 31 have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

Kroger, along with WalMart and Costco took pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes out of their stores in IN and MI after the products were linked to possible contamination from a strain of Salmonella Adelaide. The other states with reported illnesses are IN (11 people), Missouri (10), IL (6), and OH, with one person taken ill. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider".

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"The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states", the CDC said in a statement. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak. On the other hand, in MI alone, there were 32 salmonellosis cases confirmed by the CDC.

The recalled products included fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products (which contain one of these melons).

Luckily, the death toll is still null, so far.

The notice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons or other types of pre-cut fruit. Each of their products contained at least one melon produced at the company's facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons. The elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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