June 23, 2018

Pre-cut melon recalled in NC stores after Salmonella outbreak

13 June 2018, 11:12 | Winifred Adams

Salmonella Outbreak Hits Several States Pre Cut Melon The Culprit

Salmonella Outbreak Hits Several States Pre Cut Melon The Culprit

Consumers who purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri or OH should not eat it and are advised to throw it away, the CDC recommends. However, for some, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary.

Grocers and other stores that sold the melon in clear plastic clamshell containers include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Owen's, Pay Less, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods in Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

A preliminary investigation conducted by the CDC linked the salmonella outbreak to a Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those in the affected states are advised to throw the melon away.

The recalled fruit was sold in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and OH according to the release. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah.

The melon may be tainted with a unsafe strain of salmonella bacteria.

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Retailers are being urged not sell or serve recalled precut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service and SpartanNash Distribution.

Still, the current salmonella outbreak is minor compared to past events - such as a 2010 outbreak in which more than 1,500 people fell ill, or a peanut contamination one year earlier, which was linked to nine deaths. "Then, simply look at the label and see if it lists Caito Foods as the distributor".

The recall applies only to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon. Thirty-two of those cases were in MI. While the illness can be serious, many people recover without the help of a doctor after four days to a week of being sick. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons.

Although the recall affects 10 states, so far, illnesses have been reported in only five. The elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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